EXPLORER Ellis Stewart has revealed he only discovered his beloved Hartlepool United pulled off the Great Escape FOUR days after surviving the Everest earthquake.
The 41-year-old was on Mount Everest when the earthquake ,with a magnitude of 7.9, hit Nepal on Saturday morning, just hours before Pools beat Exeter City 2-1 to secure their status as a Football League team.
The Hartlepool adventurer was hit by an icefall while on the world’s highest summit but he managed to survive the deadly earthquake which has killed thousands of people.
Ellis took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to reveal he had only just found out that Ronnie Moore’s Pools side managed to avoid relegation out of Sky Bet League Two.
It was the first message he had tweeted since surviving the disaster.
Tweeting from his @EllisJStewart account, he wrote: “Just found out @Official_HUFC avoided the drop.
“Great news all the way out here in #NepalEarthquake
“Well done the whole team and staff.”
Officials say the death toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake has now passed 5,000, but could reach 10,000, with eight million people affected - more than a quarter of the population.
This is the second time Ellis has tried to reach the top of the mountain.
His hopes were dashed last year just days before he was due to start his final ascent when another avalanche struck, this time claiming the lives of 16 Sherpa guides.
He took to Facebook this morning to confirm he has safely in Lukla awaiting a flight out to Kathmandu before confirming he wouldn’t be attempting a third attemt at climbing Everest.
Ellis wrote: “I am one very relieved individual. I am now looking forward to returning home to my beautiful family, who I am probably going to have to work my socks off to make up for this.
“Sorry for the scare to all my loved ones and family. Having tried twice now on this mountain I can categorically say their won’t be a third attempt.
“Bring on Disney World this summer. I feel it may be a tad safer.
“Thank you for all your messages of support and concern.
“Onwards and finally downwards.”