Northampton-born woman forced to run for her life to escape falling boulders during Nepal earthquake

Hayley Saul, left, with Emma Waterton, with whom she was travelling
Hayley Saul, left, with Emma Waterton, with whom she was travelling

The sister of a Northampton-born doctor who narrowly avoided being killed in the huge earthquake in Nepal has spoke of her relief after finding out she had made it to the safety of the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

Emma Price, aged 24, received a panicked phone call from her sister Hayley Saul, aged 32, on Saturday saying she was trapped by a huge landslide at the base of the Himalayas.

She said they just ran. They were on the way down and there were rocks following them. It’s like something you see on a horror film.

Emma Price, sister of a survivor of the Nepal earthquake

Mrs Price said her sister had left Langtang village in Kathmandu just two hours before it was completely wiped out in the quake.

She said: “She had just left Langtang village and that village has gone now. The path they were trekking on had gone and they had to trek another five or six hours to get to the next village.

“Huge boulders were falling and following them, the river was blocked in places and she was worried it would flood, the cliffs were shaking with the aftershocks. It was absolutely terrifying.

“They were just on the path when it happened. She said they just run. They were on the way down and there were rocks following them. It’s like something you see on a horror film.

“The guide she was with found out that his whole family had gone. It’s some kind of apocalyptic nightmare.”

When the group got to Lama Hotel, Miss Saul left a voicemail on her sister’s mobile, pleading with her to contact the Foreign Office or the British Embassy and get helicopters sent to rescue everyone stranded there.

Mrs Price added: “I could not get hold of anybody after that and we were worried sick as we were hearing about all the aftershocks.

“She had to sleep outside in the rain and freezing temperatures due to the worry about buildings collapsing.”

Hayley, who has a doctorate in archeology, has now been rescued by helicopter and taken to the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

Mrs Price said her parents, who run Sauls of Spratton, and the whole family were “over the moon” she was safe.

She said “It’s been the most nightmarish 24 hours. It still feels a bit raw, I don’t think I have stopped shaking.

“We call my sister a lady Indiana Jones as she is real adventurer but she is very sensible and looks after herself. I don’t think this will put her off travelling.”

Mrs Price is now urging everyone to donate to the relief effort in Nepal. To donate go to CANearthquakeappeal