A STONEHOUSE man stranded in the Galapagos Islands has issued a plea for help.
Jamie Spring travelled to Ecuador’s iconic Galapagos Islands, and then the coronavirus pandemic hit during his visit.
He said: “We’ve been in South America since December and these sanctions were announced immediately so we had no chance of being proactive and getting home.”
Now he says that food stocks are running low on the islands, tourists are being asked to leave their hotels, and there is uncertainty over flights.
Jamie took to social media to share his concerns and ask for help.
He posted: “There are British nationals stuck on the Galapagos.
“We have dwindling supplies of food and hotels are kicking people out.
“There is a lot of uncertainty with flights. Will there be any available?
Officials in Ecuador said on Tuesday that the 2,000 foreigners who remain on the islands in the next week will have the possibility of leaving on charter flights or those approved by the government.
Jamie told the SNJ: “We queued outside the airline office today for three hours, only to be told they are not opening and to wait for an email on potential flights on Friday and Saturday.
“Mainland Ecuador is in strict lockdown with a curfew from 4pm to 5am so we’ll be stuck there too if we can’t find flights home.
“A flight due to land in Guayaquil (the largest city in Ecuador) to take passengers to Europe yesterday was turned away by officials and people were stranded at the airport.”
The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located 620 miles off the South American Pacific coast.
Prized for their diverse marine and plant life, the islands are famous for helping inspire Charles Darwin to develop the theory of evolution.