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ALIVE! Decatur man texts family after Nepal quake
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DECATUR, Ga. -- A Decatur man missing since an earthquake rocked Nepal texted his family saying he and his guide are safe.

Marty Emanuel, 72, was on a trekking expedition when a 7.8 earthquake hit Saturday.

The devastating quake has claimed more than 5,000 lives. International aid workers reached remote areas Wednesday, and expect the number of dead and injured to rise.

It's the same day Marty's son shared the good news on his Facebook Page.

"Dad (Martin Emanuel) says he is fine. We have texted back to find out where he is and if he needs help," Brooks Emanuel said in a post Wednesday morning.

It was the second ray of hope for the family, who also received an e-mail from a French trekker who recognized and photographed Emanuel in a tent. Emanuel planned to continue his trek at that time.


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His wife, Anne Emanuel, had long believed that he would be fine despite the events that unfolded around him just days before. 11Alive spoke with her earlier this week.

"I know that Martie was out on the trail and he's with a wonderful guide and they're both very good outdoorsmen and my immediate feeling were the odds are good that he's okay," she said.

Marty and his guide, Dilli, are safe, but they're still trying to make their way back to Katmandu so they can continue their trek home.

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