“We need him home.”
That is the message from the mother of a Kirkham backpacker caught up in the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
Jonathan Blott – known as Jonnie – had only flown out to Nepal on April 9, to trek in the area with his German girlfriend Lena Holderer, 26, before planning to move onto Cambodia and Vietnam.
The 24-year-old, who attended Kirkham St Michaels School, had just finished a masters science degree at UCL in London, before heading out to trek in the Langtang Valley.
He had met up with lifelong friend, 25-year-old Sam Stalker and his girlfriend, Dhwani, for the trek.
The Evening Post reported yesterday how Sam, also from Kirkham, had been caught up with Jonathan, close to the centre of the earthquake – which killed thousands when it struck the Gorkha district, on Saturday.
Sam’s mum Freda spoke of her harrowing wait, until receiving a text message saying the pair were safe, but stranded, in the devastated valley – desperately waiting for rescue. Information from Indian contacts has informed the families they do have access to food.
Jonathan’s mum Jayne, said: “The only reason we knew anything was because Sam’s girlfriend somehow happened to get a text message out. We’ve had nothing official.
“We’ve had no help from the authorities. Most of the information seems to be coming through social media and Google people finder.
“They are just stranded, and we don’t know how or when they will get rescued.
“Now we are just waiting and praying.
“Jonathan and Lena are such a lovely, bright young couple.
“We just need him home.”
According to Google Person Finder, it is believed Jonathan and Lena have been seen at a guest house, or hostel, in the area.
Meanwhile the Preston born dad of a Nick Talbot, caught up in an avalanche as he tried to climb Everest to raise £100,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said: “We are just relieved he is coming ome. We just don’t know when.”
The earthquake has killed more than 4,000 people, injuring more than 6,500 and despite aid efforts the authorities are struggling to cope.