Sunday Night crew travels with Hugh Sheridan to help rescue brother in Nepal earthquake

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Hugh Sheridan

Channel Seven’s current affairs show Sunday Night has flown with actor Hugh Sheridan to Nepal as he attempts to reunite with his brother following the earthquake there.

Sheridan’s brother Zach had been missing when the former Packed to the Rafters actor left Los Angeles fly to Kathmandu, but made contact yesterday to say he is alive and well.

Seven has sent Dr Andrew Rochford and a film crew with Sheridan to Nepal, where more than 4,600 people have been confirmed dead and thousands more are still missing following the devastating quake last week.

A report in the Daily Telegraph says the team has been attempting to hire a helicopter to go and pick Zach up from a remote village near Everest base camp where he is currently.

In a statement Seven said:

Seven’s Sunday Night has travelled with Hugh Sheridan from Los Angeles to Nepal following the devastating earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on Saturday.

Hugh and his brother Tom were together with Sunday Night when they learned the news they’d been hoping for, that their younger brother Zach was safe. Until late yesterday he’d been unable to get a message out of the remote area he had been travelling in.

The program, along with Seven’s Health Editor and Australian Red Cross Ambassador Dr Andrew Rochford, is continuing to assist Hugh and Tom to reach their brother and endeavouring to provide medical and communications assistance to others in Nepal affected by the earthquake.”

A trailer has also been released for the program:

Sheridan had been using social media to appeal for information about his brother following the earthquake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, posting on Instagram on Monday:

Thank you everyone for your messages and your kind words. I’m on my way to Nepal now and will head toward base camp to try and find Zachary. I will be with a small crew helping with a chopper, a dr and we will have a satellite phone available for any Australian there who needs to reach home and tell their loved ones they’re ok, I know so many of us are still waiting to hear but communication is down. Stay positive everyone.”

Sheridan has not taken to social media since he landed in Nepal and his brother was declared safe.

Several appeals have been set up urging people to donate money to help victims of the tragedy, although some veteran aid workers have penned opinion pieces for publications urging people not to fly to Nepal to help as “what Nepal needs right now is not another untrained bystander”.

Seven has yet to respond to an inquiry as to whether it has paid for Sheridan’s trip and rescue efforts.

Alex Hayes


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