A couple who made it out alive after being on a mountainside as the deadly earthquake Nepal struck have told of their terrifying ordeal.
Jonathan Blott, 24, from Church Street, Kirkham, and his German girlfriend Lena Holderer were some of the thousands of people caught up in the disaster in Nepal.
We ran to shelter by a huge boulder and realised we didn’t know where Sam and Dhwani were, it was really scary. A man had been hit by a rock and had blood all over him.
The couple, along with Jonathan’s school friend Sam Stalker, also from Kirkham, and his girlfriend Dhwani, were on the penultimate day of an eight day trek in the Langtang Valley when the earthquake struck 11 days ago.
The former St Annes College Grammar School student said: “We’d stopped in a village with a beautiful view of mountains either side and a river running through the valley. Suddenly, the buildings started shaking violently and there was a deep sound like a rumble.
“We looked up and could see rocks falling and huge dust clouds, the buildings just tore apart.
“We ran to shelter by a huge boulder and realised we didn’t know where Sam and Dhwani were, it was really scary. A man had been hit by a rock and had blood all over him.
“Sam and Dhwani had been on a narrow path and told how it was like swinging from side to side, they couldn’t do anything but run.”
They group decided to stay, camping outdoors for five nights and surviving on food salvaged from the flattened properties and water from the stream.
They endured dozens of aftershocks, hearing landslides in the near distance – unsure just how close they were to disaster.
Jonathan said: “We didn’t take our boots off at all because at any moment we might have had to run.
“You’d hear a helicopter come and think ‘we’re saved’ but once it passed and darkness set in you knew nothing could happen. We were desperate.”
It wasn’t until the third day that the group learned the scale of the disaster, which has now claimed the lives of 7,300 people.
Eventually, the four were rescued by helicopter and taken to an army base in the capital Kathmandu.
After spending just 214 hours there, Jonathan and Lena caught a flight back to the UK.