Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pair's Holiday Hell as Irma Hit Cuba

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pair's Holiday Hell as Irma Hit Cuba

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TWO young Team GB athletes had to shelter from Hurricane Irma in a hotel room in Cuba with six other people for 48 hours.

High jumper Emily Borthwick, 20, and her pole vaulter boyfriend Harry Coppell, 21, a former world youth champion, had only cheese and ham sandwiches to eat and a litre-and-a-half of water to drink.

The couple, from Wigan, who were on a two-week holiday to relax after the athletics season, were evacuated from their idyllic resort in Cayo Santa Maria to another hotel in Varadero further up the coast as Irma closed in.

Emily said their room flooded and together, the eight of them put mattresses up against the window to prevent glass smashing. Harry slept on the floor and Emily slept on the floor of the bathroom.

The couple spoke of their horrendous ordeal as they arrived back at Manchester Airport alongside hundreds of other passengers who were caught up in the deadly storm.

Parents waited anxiously at the arrivals lounge at Terminal Two and raced to hug their loved ones.

Emily told how her parents were sending them over advice and updates on Irma via text messages.

The hurricane battered Cuba, leaving an estimated 10 people dead, before going on to wreak havoc in Florida in the US. …

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