The mother of a Derry woman trapped by avalanches on Mount Everest has spoken of her pride after it emerged her daughter has helped tend the wounded.
Bernie Webster said it has been an “anxious time” awaiting updates from her daughter Amy and her English boyfriend Ryan Lloyd-Davies.
Amy (24) and Ryan were thos morning planning to make their own way off the world’s largest mountain with three other trekkers as emergency helicopters continue to collect the dead and wounded following the Nepal Earthquake.
Amy spoke to the Journal from the scene at the weekend about her plans to leave Gorak Shep, which is six miles up from Base Camp, despite parts of the trail being wrecked by the avalanches.
Her mother Bernie said: “We know they are OK, and they are both able-bodied and extremely fit. They have both done marathons- Amy did the Derry Marathon, and Ryan is also the youngest person to run across the Gobi Dessert.
“Three things have stood Amy well over these last days - all from school at Oakgrove - her First Aid qualification; her gold Duke of Edinburgh; and she also learned Mediation Skills. She is great at calming situations.”
Former Oakgrove Nursery, Primary and College student Amy had just finished her PhD back in January and was due to return on July 4th before taking up a Fellowship or Post-Doc in Epigenetics at Harvard University in Boston.
Mrs Webster revealed how her daughter had helped gather up all the first aid supplies from people on Everest and set to helping tend the wounded.
“I was absolutely delighted to hear she was helping people but it didn’t surprise me, knowing Amy,” her mother said.
“She is very hands-on and would love to be helping.”
I was absolutely delighted to hear she was helping people but it didn’t surprise me, knowing Amy.Bernie Webster
Amy told the Journal yesterday how she and Ryan narrowly missed an Earthquake after turning back while on route to Base Camp due to Ryan feeling sick on Saturday.
Within an hour, part of the route they were taking was destroyed and the couple watched in horror as the avalanche descended just minutes after they reached safety in Gorak Shep.
“There is just devastation everywhere and from what we are hearing there are 30 people dead at Base Camp,” Amy said.
Amy’s parents and the rest of the family are waiting for news on how the couple were getting on with their descent.
Meanwhile the mounting death toll from the Nepal Earthquake rose above 3,000 people today.