A PAIR of Brit tourists claim they were left “crying and petrified” in their hotel bathroom after their holiday company abandoned them as Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean.
Sophie Collins and her pal Eleanor Reid were holidaying in the Dominican Republic when the storm struck the paradise island.
The 22-year-olds claim the only advise they have had from their holiday company Thompson is to “hide in the bathroom”.
Sophie’s mum Lisa Trutwein told the Evening Standard: “I spoke to her and she is crying, petrified, hiding in the bath under a mattress.
“I don’t know why they were not evacuated – it is just the British who were left there and they were told to take cover in the bathrooms.
Thomson should be ashamed, they have had days to prepare for this.”
Sophie was over in the West Indies celebrating her graduation from Bournemouth Arts University at teh Gran Ventana Beach Resort.
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Her mum claims coaches arrived at the resort to ferry American and German tourists but that there were “no planes” for Brits stranded on the island.
Apparently Sophie had asked a holiday rep to be moved further inland to avoid the full force of the storm but was told that doing so would be “at her own risk”.
A Thomson spokeswoman told the Standard: “It is true that the rep did not stay at the hotel but that is because she has two young children.
“The rep has spoken to the girls and they are okay. They have been told to stay in their rooms and they have had food delivered.
“The people who were collected yesterday would have been people who were already scheduled to leave – there has been no evacuation and the reason they could not be moved to a different resort is because we have been told not to ravel on the roads and we have to refer to the advice given by local authorities.”
Meanwhile in Cuba another British couple claim that they too have been abandoned by their holiday company.
Anthony Broadbent and Jenny Marie Hill are vacationing in the town of Varadero with no likelihood of being flown out before the Category 5 storm hits the island.
Jenny, who has an artificial leg and suffers from Lupus, reportedly only has enough medication to last one more day.
Her sister Janine is worried for their safety saying: “She has alerted the resort and there’s a doctor on site but the doctor has said he cannot get the medication and she needs to get a taxi into town.
“There’s no taxis going to town. If she runs out of meds the blood cells attack each other.
“She would have no immunity and the organs would shut down.”
Thomas Cook said it was sending two planes into Varadero tomorrow, and insisted its service was not affected by a pilot strike.
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