Monday, December 9, 2019

Stranded Australians depart Saint Lucia

Two  Australians who were stranded here after their travel documents were stolen have departed Saint Lucia.

Garry and Catherine Chalmers left Saint Lucia on Sunday  for Trinidad and Tobago aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight, a local who is acquainted with the situation told the Times.

An official of the Immigration Department here explained that  with the department’s help, the two stranded Australians applied online for a certificate of identity from Trinidad and Tobago to enable them to travel to the twin Island Republic, where an Australian High Commission is located.

The High Commission was expected to replace their lost Australian passports.

Three bags belonging to the visiting couple were stolen after their vehicle was broken into.

The window on the driver’s side of the vehicle had been smashed.

The incident took place in Dennery on Christmas Eve day.

In addition to personal belongings, the bags that were stolen contained the couple’s passports.

The Australians had sailed here as crew members on a boat that was part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

They reportedly fell in love with Saint Lucia and decided to stay here for a few weeks.

They were due to leave on December 27, 2016, for the United States.

Despite an experience which they admitted was very stressful, the couple spoke highly about the support of several Saint Lucians and praised the response of the local police.

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