People Evacuated Early from Lundy Island for Medical Reasons


More than 70 people were stranded on Lundy Island, but six people were evacuated earlier than others due to urgent medical reasons.

Six people were evacuated yesterday on the Ilfracombe lifeboat, leaving the other 73 people behind on the island.

The stranded people have been stranded since Thursday after their ship, the MS Oldenburg, which should have brought them to their homeland, suffered a certain mechanical failure.

Among the six people who were evacuated earlier were Jo King from Dawlish as well as her husband Deric who have been on the Lundy island along with other stranded passengers on the island since Thursday.

Deric was scheduled for an eye surgery today at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

According to Deric’s wife, as soon as she realized they were stuck on the island, she started panicking knowing that her husband’s surgery was already due and it may affect his eyesight.

Jo King shared light-heartedly about the coincidence of having an eye surgeon stranded on the Lundy island with them, though he was not from the same hospital they were supposed to go to.

Jo and Direct went off on the Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat at 4 o’clock in the afternoon yesterday and reached Ilfracombe at 4:45 o’clock in the afternoon.

After being evacuated, Jo told that she drove his husband home and took him to his appointment in the hospital the next morning.

Meanwhile, those who were left on the island were given beds in the pub and church.

Jo shared she initially thought her and her husband would end up in the church, but they were very lucky to be brought in the Old Dairy, a little house with a twin room and a single room.

The remaining people stranded on the island are due to be evacuated on MS Oldenburg at around 5 o’clock in the afternoon.


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