Amanda Holden's sister trapped on Mount Everest after earthquake
Amanda Holden's sister has been trapped on Mount Everest following the earthquake in Nepal.
The 'This Morning' presenter revealed during a segment on today's (27.04.15) show that her sister Debbie had been climbing the mountain in the capital city of Kathmandu when the disaster struck, causing an avalanche and killing approximately 3,000 people.
She said: "It's awful, I can barely speak. My mum and dad are watching and listening to you [the rescue experts] for information... But my sister is climbing Mount Everest and very luckily she is at a place that is the last camp before you get to the base camp one on the south side.
"There was only four of them left at that camp because my sister was suffering so badly from altitude sickness that she didn't walk up to base camp - which actually, potentially, might have saved her life."
The 'Britain's Got Talent' judge went on to explain that her sister and her travel companion are now safe but that she's yet to find out whether she'll be continuing with her trek.
She added: "Brilliantly, she is with a friend and I think they have hooked up with another girl called Amy, I'm not sure of her surname, but we have Amy's telephone number that my sister has managed to send a text to my mother and me from saying she is safe.
"I think they rushed out when the earthquake came and rushed back in because they were affected by an avalanche partly at the camp they were in and I think they were going to make their way down this morning.
"I spoke to an amazing guy that I think has been doing some correspondence for Sky News and he said that a helicopter had swept the south side of the mountain this morning - so potentially my sister could have been lifted, although she wasn't injured so I know that takes priority.
"But because the avalanche has happened and there have been no tremors since, the snow has settled so it could be safe for them to walk."