Sofie Steffens, Stef Steffens, Robin van Rooij - Dutch survivors of the Nepal earthquake (Picture: Twitter/@EvaBertrams) - Credit: Sofie Steffens, Stef Steffens, Robin van Rooij - Dutch survivors of the Nepal earthquake (Picture: Twitter/@EvaBertrams)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 13:43
Gelderland siblings found in Nepal; waiting for helicopter rescue.
A brother and sister from Winssen, Sofie and Stef Steffens, who were missing in Nepal after the massive earthquake that struck the Asian city on Saturday, are alive and awaiting rescue. The siblings' last made contact with their family on the day before the earthquake. The siblings were traveling with a friend, Robin van Rooij, and were planning on hiking through Langtang, a popular hiking area north of Kathmandu, before the earthquake struck. On Monday stepmother Sabine Steffens told Omroep Gelderland that they had heard that Robin was alive and with a group of about 100 people that have not been rescued yet, but that they don't know if Stef and Sofie are with her. This has now been confirmed. All three are alive and safe and awaiting helicopter rescue. "We got it confirmed five times", Steffens said on Radio Gelderland. "Social media was really the key to the good news. At one point there was a message on social media of a girl asking her father for helicopters. We followed that message and eventually got the confirmation message via satellite phone." The three friends are also listed as found, but not rescued on a google document created for missing people in Langtang. The Red Cross website set up for the same purpose still lists all three of them as missing.