By COLlive reporter
Two Crown Heights residents who were hiking in the mountains in Nepal this weekend, have not been heard from following the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.
Danny Cole, a father of four from Crown Heights and Mendy Losh, originally from Crown Heights and recently a resident of Los Angeles, were hiking in the area when the earthquake hit.
The two were traveling with a Nepalese Sherpa guide, having flown into the town of Lukla, and were hiking from there to climb part of mount Everest, their friend Zevi Steinhauser told COLlive.
Steinhauser, who takes a yearly trip to various exotic locations with the two, did not go this year due to scheduling issues.
The last time the two were heard from was on Friday, when Steinhauser received a text from them that “the trip is going well. We just finished our first strenuous hike. We’re still on schedule.”
After the news of the quake, frantic family members of the two attempted to reach out to the Sherpa tour company, but were told they have not heard from the small group of three.
Saturday night, one of their family members said she spoke to the tour company, who said they had communicated with them and they are fine.
However on Sunday morning, the company told Danny’s wife Elki Cole that they haven’t spoken to anyone from their group yet, and they are still searching.
“The families are really worried at this point,” Steinhauser said. “We don’t know how they are doing, especially since there are still many avalanches occurring due to the quake and many aftershocks. We don’t know if they have enough supplies to keep them until rescuers can get to them,” he said. “We are waiting for word from them and are all praying for their safe return,” he said.
Please say tehillim for their safe return.
Daniel Shia Aharon ben Bina Basha
Menachem Mendel Ben Nechama