Kilcoole native John makes it home safe
ESCAPED ‘ABSOLUTE CHAOS’ IN LIBYA
KILCOOLE NATIVE John McDevitt made his way to Tripoli airport last week through floods, under armed police guard, and through various check-points as the unrest in Libya spread.
McDevitt, who was working for a UK company in Libya and has been based in London for many years, is now safely back home to England with his wife after flying to Gatwick on Friday morning.
There was ‘ absolute chaos' at the Libyan airport according to the Irish man, with up to 10,000 people desperate to escape the troubled state.
‘We were due to meet with the Irish aircraft,' explained John. ‘ We had been told it had landed in Milan and was about to come over. We understood they were waiting for us.'
But eventually when they got through with the help of the Libyans, the Irish aircraft had been forced to leave without any passengers.
‘In the end the British Foreign Office took us back, with many others, on their trip to Gatwick, London.
‘We were very, very lucky indeed,' he added. ‘ There is a lot of fear obviously the way things are unfolding very fast there. The regime is now in desperate straits and I think it could become very, very dangerous. The streets themselves are volatile.'
John described an eerie calm outdoors in Tripoli, as he and his wife fled under cover of darkness. ‘It was strangely quiet, mainly because of the bad weather. The shooting had not started as we were leaving.'
He is thankful that all of the Irish people he knows who were located in the Tripoli area have managed to get out of Libya.
The Department of Foreign Affairs began to wind down the operation to evacuate Irish people from the North African state earlier this week with around 100 Irish citizens assisted since the uprising began last month.
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