Sunday 18 March 2018

Honeymooners Emmet and Sylwia survive avalanche

Emmet Gallagher and wife Sylwia who were on a delayed honeymoon in Nepal
Emmet Gallagher and wife Sylwia who were on a delayed honeymoon in Nepal

Married couple of 10 months Emmet Gallagher (33) and his wife Sylwia, who is originally from Poland, were 5,000m up the Annapurna mountain when the earthquake struck.

Emmet's sister Melissa (31) last night spoke about the terror she and her sister Nina experienced as they endured an agonising wait for news that the honeymooning couple had escaped unhurt.

"I had heard from him last Thursday and we knew they were on the mountain, and then we heard nothing after the earthquake until 2.30am yesterday morning, when he posted a message on social media," Melissa said.

Both Emmet and Sylwia work in Trinity College, Dublin.

The mountain they were climbing was hit by an avalanche and mud slide, which they witnessed roll down the mountain and demolish a hut at the base.

She said she is still concerned for their safety, despite being relieved they survived the earthquake.

"We were so glad to see a message that they are alive but we don't know how much food or water they have and what level of facilities will be there for them when they get down.

"They were at 5,000m when the quake hit and the message said they got down to 3,750m and they were continuing their descent and hoped to be in touch again soon," Melissa explained.

"But I don't know if they are fully aware of the devastation they are going to witness when they get down to the towns. I think they might be in for a shock.

"And while we are glad they have reported they are OK, we hope there will be food and water for them when they get off the mountain," she added.

Melissa, from Artane in Dublin, said that Emmet spent more than 12 years in the Irish reserve Defence Forces and that his survival skills would have kicked in.

Irish Independent

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