Australians stranded in Saint Lucia after theft

Two Australians have been stranded here after their vehicle was broken into and their travel documents stolen.

The incident occurred at Dennery at around 2:30 pm on on Christmas Eve day.

Garry and Kathy Chalmers had left three bags aboard their vehicle and returned to find that the window on the driver’s side had been smashed.

The bags containing their passports and other items were missing.

“What really hurts is the loss of our personal belongings,” Garry told the Times.

He explained that he and Kathy were teachers.

He disclosed that in addition to their travel documents, they had sailing and teaching equipment in the bags that were stolen.

Garry praised the response of  local police.

He told the Times that within eleven minutes of being summoned they were on the scene and acted very professionally.

The Australian national also mentioned the ‘tremendous support’ the couple has received from specific named individuals such as Rosemarie Desir.

He expressed his gratitude to members of  the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Garry told the Times that local Immigration authorities are trying to assist in getting the stranded couple off the Island.

However he disclosed that a flight refused to allow the couple to board last Thursday.

Garry said the Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago has become involved and is in the process of trying to obtain documents for them to leave Saint Lucia and head to the United States.

It is the  first visit  by the two Australians to Saint Lucia.

The tourists sailed here as crew members on a boat that was part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, fell in love with Saint Lucia and decided to stay here for a few weeks.

They were due to leave on December 27, 2016.

“We have been under a lot of stress,” Garry told the Times.

Speaking from a hotel in Gros Islet, he explained that it is difficult to get specific medication in Saint Lucia that he needs.

The Australian national said among the items in the bags that were stolen was an electric razor that was a gift from ‘someone special.’

One of the bags that was stolen is orange in colour, one is brown and black and the other is an orange and purple Saint Lucia beach bag.

Anyone finding them is asked to contact the nearest police station or the Saint Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists.

The finder can also call telephone number 5191621.

A reward is being offered.

12 Comments

  1. G&C
    June 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, Garry Chalmers here. Cathy and I did get back home safely to Australia. It’s true that we fell in love with your country and we can’t say enough nice things about the awesome people who were so kind to us following that terrible incident. We were packed up ready to fly and simply stopped at the lookout to take a photo and grab something to eat. It was quite a difficult time for us however it was St Lucian people who reached out and were so very kind. We thank the Lord for all the wonderful people at the SDA Mission and all the staff at St Lucia Blu who genuinely tried to empathise with us. Even our previous hosts from Laborie reached out to us to see if there was anything they could do. We want to come back one day to visit our new friends. Thank you. G&C

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