New York Post
Two Brooklyn-rooted pals who survived the Nepal earthquakes hope to be on a plane back to the United States by Thursday.
Mendy Losh, 38, and Daniel Cole, 39, were taking in the wonders of a glacier when the earth shook mightily and they took cover from falling boulders.
“We were on a glacier near the town of Gokyo (86 miles northeast of Kathmandu) when we started feeling the ground move beneath us,” Losh told The Post on Tuesday.
“We were on snow and my first thought was avalanche. But then we noticed boulders coming down the mountain towards us and we dove for cover behind a big rock.”
The pair are still in transit and hope to reach the capital of Kathmandu on Wednesday before jetting home on Thursday.
“I really feel lucky that I am alive and well,” Cole added. “The most difficult part of this was having so many friends and loved ones, first thinking the worst for a period of time, and now worrying about us getting home safely.”
Losh and Cole were in a remote area during Nepal’s devastating natural disaster — far from falling buildings that killed so many in the country’s more populated cities and towns.
“We figured we were in the wrong place at the wrong time and that we were more at risk than most others because of where we were,” Losh said. “Then as we got closer to the next town we heard that there may have been an earthquake in Kathmandu with some injuries.”
Only on Monday did the pair realize thousands had been killed.
“It wasn’t until we reached the town Labouche (Monday) that we heard the deaths were over 2,000. … We were hit with the severity of it and how our families and friends would be incredibly worried,” Losh said.
Cole and Losh are life-long pals from Brooklyn. Losh now lives in Irvine, Calif., while Cole lives in Crown Heights.