TV presenter's horrific ordeal as sons go missing for 40 hours on remote volcano

The boys following their rescue
-Credit: (Image: @forster_k)


A news presenter has described "the worst day of her life" as she waited for news of her two sons who had going missing while hiking up a remote volcano in Indonesia. Katherine Forster should have been presenting general election coverage for GB News but received a call to say that Matthew, 22, and Andrew, 18, had been missing for 30 hours.

The pair should have been on a plane back to the UK after a nine-week trip across southeast Asia but failed to return from a trip to the tallest volcano on Bali – Mount Agung – to watch the sunrise. Ms Forster received a phone call from their friend early on Thursday morning to break the news that her sons were missing. The British Embassy got involved and a major rescue operation was launched.

Describing what happened on a thread on X she wrote: “Thursday was the worst day of my life. But friends dropped work and came round. Made phone calls. Our tech-savvy young friends and friends of friends spread the boys’ pics and last known location across social media. The Foreign Office were amazing. Local rescuers scoured the volcano.”

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Then, 40 hours after they set off, word came back that they had been found after locals heard the "sound of someone screaming for help". They were found exhausted and are said to have been "lucky to have survived" the conditions.

Describing her sons as “beyond lucky to live to tell the tale” Ms Forster said they had used their Scout training and extensive viewing of Bear Grylls videos to gather rainwater and build a shelter. She added: “But they weren’t properly prepared [and] should have been with a guide. Words have been exchanged. Thank god that’s possible. They are so sorry."

And she ended the thread with words of advice: "So, when your mother (or anyone) tells you to explore with a group, people get lost and die, batteries run out etc, don’t say ‘Mum, we’re not stupid’. Listen. Boys!!”