A Derry woman trying to get off Mount Everest after the Nepal Earthquake avalanches is believed to have teamed up with the sister of TV star Amanda Holden and has just confirmed they have made it to a deserted town.
Both Amy Webster from Derry and Debbie Holden had also been stranded at Gorak Shep due during the avalanche.
It is understood that Debbie was only able to let her celebrity sister and the rest of her family know she was OK by borrowing Amy’s phone at the weekend.
Debbie Holden, who is a diving instructor in Thailand, is believed to have joined forces with Amy (24) and her boyfriend Ryan Lloyd Davies from Stroud in England as they attempt to make their way off the world’s highest mountain via a series of towns and trek stops.
Amy spoke to the Journal at the weekend about how they were going to try and reach the town of Pheriche yesterday.
This morning (Tuesday) her family received their first message from her in two days, in which she has told them their small group is safe and planning to leave Pheriche again in a few days. The brave couple also plan to help with the aid effort once they reach their next destination.
Amy’s mother Bernie said the family were “very relieved to get the message”.
Relaying her daughter’s latest message, Mrs. Webster said: “They headed down the mountain yesterday towards Pheriche but when they got there it had been devastated and everyone had left.
“They checked the hospital and it too was empty.
“They went on to Dingboche where they have clean water & food. There are also two bakeries.
They headed down the mountain yesterday towards Pheriche but when they got there it had been devastated and everyone had left. They checked the hospital and it too was empty.Bernie Webster
“They are staying there for two days and then heading for Namche where the people from Pheriche have been evacuated to.
“When they get there they are going to offer to volunteer with the Red Cross.”
Britain’s Got Talent star Amanda Holden has revealed yesterday that her sister, Debbie, has been stranded on Mount Everest following the avalanche caused by the Nepal earthquake.
Speaking on This Morning, she said: “It’s awful, I can barely speak.
“My sister is climbing Mount Everest and very luckily she is at a place that is the last camp before you get to base camp one on the south side, and there was only four of them left at that camp because my sister was suffering so badly from altitude sickness she didn’t walk up to base camp - which actually, potentially might have saved her life.”
Ms Holden added: “She is with a friend and I think they have hooked up with another girl called Amy, I’m not sure of her surname, but we have Amy’s telephone number who my sister has managed to send a text to my mother and me from saying she is safe.”