SA survivors describe how they escaped death in Nepal

Rob Bentley was part of a group of climbers who became stranded on Mount Everest when the quake struck.

FILE: A South African has described how he narrowly escaped almost certain death in the recent earthquake in Nepal. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A South African has described how he narrowly escaped almost certain death in the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Rob Bentley was part of a group of climbers who became stranded on Mount Everest when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck.

More than 8,000 people died in the disaster.

WATCH: A four-month-old baby who was trapped under rubble for 22 hours and a man who was buried for roughly 80 hours were both rescued.

Bentley touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday.

He described the incident to Eyewitness News .

"Why I decided to run I don't know but I bolted, I must have been 15 metres and I got hit from behind onto the ground and I lay there 15 to 25 seconds and watched the avalanche roll up ahead."

On Monday there were moving scenes at the airport as some hugged their families and other laughed about plans to return to the mountain.

Nick Oosthuizen described his experience.

"The whole earth was shaking and there were rocks everywhere and people were screaming."

The group's team leader explained how they helped other survivors while waiting for help.