Ngaire and Athena home after Nepal earthquake
WOMEN from Casino and Goolmangar who were lucky to survive the Nepal earthquake when the hotel they were staying in was reduced to rubble have made it home, eight days after the disaster that killed more than 7000 people.
Ngaire Seccombe, 25, and Athena Zelandonii, 26, were on a rest day during a week-long trek in the Langtang Valley, north-west of the capital Kathmandu, when the magnitude 7.8 quake hit.
They managed to just escape, with the clothes they were wearing, while some of the trekking party who didn't make it out of the hotel, were killed.
After sheltering in a local hospital for several days, Ms Seccombe and Ms Zelandonii were airlifted to an Army base at Dhunche last Thursday.
Then last Friday the women walked part of the way from Dhunche to Kathmandu, before hitching a ride to the capital.
John Seccombe said the women were going to the Australian Embassy last Friday to sort out emergency travel documents as their passports had been lost.
Mr Seccombe said arrangements for the women were made quickly and they landed at Brisbane airport on Sunday.
"It's a massive relief to have them home," Mr Seccombe said.