Guests glad to be back on main­land

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT WASN’T the is­land hol­i­day Rob Chynoweth was ex­pect­ing.

Ar­riv­ing at the Port of Air­lie ferry ter­mi­nal af­ter a hor­ror stay on Day­dream Is­land he said rid­ing out Cy­clone Deb­bie on the trop­i­cal re­sort was an ex­pe­ri­ence he would not for­get.

“Those winds, I have never felt any­thing like it. They are say­ing the winds peaked at 280kmh on Day­dream Is­land,” he said.

Mr Chynoweth said he had planned for a re­lax­ing get­away and to cel­e­brate his son’s wedding.

“It was great on the Satur­day and then from Sun­day af­ter­noon we were on lock down un­til the storm passed and it didn’t pass un­til Tues­day.”

And while the is­land guests were in lock down Mr Chynoweth de­scribed the bat­ter­ing the build­ings en­dured.

“We were right on the end on our block. A palm tree had knocked off a sec­tion of brick wall and it landed in the court yard. I tell ya what that got my at­ten­tion pretty quickly,” he said.

“I thought the whole wall was go­ing to come down. (And) it was rip­ping palm trees out of the ground.”

Vis­i­tors to the is­land were kept on wa­ter ra­tions since the cy­clone hit last Tues­day af­ter­noon.

And be­fore their evac­u­a­tion the in­tense thun­der­storm that rolled in over the Whit­sun­days on the back end of TC Deb­bie had Mr Chynoweth won­der­ing how long vis­i­tors would have to stay on the is­land.

“With all that thunder and light­ning, I thought we were never go­ing to get off the is­land,” he said.

Day­dream Is­land re­leased a state­ment that 116 staff and guests had been evac­u­ated.


RE­LIEVED: Rob Chynoweth was glad to ar­rive on the main­land from Day­dream Is­land on Thurs­day, March 30 af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the full force of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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