Irma ruined our dream £6,500 Caribbean honeymoon

Charlotte Goffe is with her new husband Ricky and their two-year-old son Jaxon in a Cuban hotel damaged by Irma, pictured together on the couple's wedding day a week ago
  • Holiday reps accused of getting drunk and going awol as hurricane Irma struck 
  • Charlotte Goffe stuck in Cuba with husband Ricky and two-year-old son Jaxon 
  • Bryce White, 26, and goirlfried Sophie Clarke, 23, went foraging for coconuts
  • Jos Smart, 26, and Julia Taylor, 30, in St Maarten hotel now overrun by rats
  • Honeymooners Brad and Steph Smart forced to board up their Bahamas hotel 
  • Sasha Joyce and her husband Brendan lay on top of their children on Tortola 
  • Cambridgeshire couple say French plane left island without after UK blunder
  • Thomson and Thomas Cook accused of failing its customers caught up in storm  

British newlyweds today accused a Thomas Cook 'crisis' rep of telling them 'it'll all be okay' before hurricane Irma struck during a five minute visit cut short because it was his day off.

Charlotte Goffe is stuck in Cuba with husband Ricky and their two-year-old son Jaxon and said today they are suffering the 'honeymoon from hell'. 

The couple, who had married in Britain a week earlier, slept on the bathroom floor when the storm hit their hotel and their son was in the bath.

Mrs Goffe, who is from Solihull, posted photographs of their battered resort in Varadero and said Thomas Cook should be 'ashamed' of its handling of the crisis.

In a message on their Facebook page she added: 'Thomas Cook your 'crisis' staff and reps have been terrible. One rep at our initial hotel popped in for 5 minutes to tell us 'it would all be ok' and to have a nice day then left as it was his day off'. 

Describing the 'worst 24 hours of her life' when Irma hit Cuba she said: 'We spent the evening sleeping on the floor in the bathroom of a room where we had already seen 2 cockroaches as the hurricane lashed down.

'The situation has been handled so poorly by Thomas Cook. Not once were we offered the option to fly back home however all Canadian and American guests at our hotel were flown home immediately once the hurricanes path confirmed it would hit Cuba'.

Thomson holiday reps have been accused of getting drunk and going awol as hurricane Irma struck leaving hungry and thirsty tourists scavenging for coconuts on the beach.

Charlotte Goffe has posted these photographs on the Thomas Cook website, where she is on her honeymoon with her husband and their two-year-old son

Charlotte Goffe has posted these photographs on the Thomas Cook website, where she is on her honeymoon with her husband and their two-year-old son

This is the scene inside the hotel where planks of wood and other items are strewn across the lobby

This is the scene inside the hotel where planks of wood and other items are strewn across the lobby

Charlotte and Jaxon looking at the decimated Cuban resort they are stuck in as they wait to be evacuated

Charlotte and Jaxon looking at the decimated Cuban resort they are stuck in as they wait to be evacuated

Shattered boards on their balcony after what Mrs Goffe described as the worst 24 hours of her life

Shattered boards on their balcony after what Mrs Goffe described as the worst 24 hours of her life

Holidaymakers have blasted Thomas Cook and Thomson for 'abandoning' them across the Caribbean and Florida and not flying them home before the storm arrived.

Irma has today been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it ploughs through Florida, but winds of up to 185 mph have already devastated entire islands and killed at least 24 people so far.

Thomson customer Bryce White, 26, is stuck in Cuba with his girlfriend Sophie Clarke, 23, in a hotel room with six others and just two litres of water and a handful of ham sandwiches between them.

His father Richard, 58, from Gloucestershire, told MailOnline: 'They have been told there is no more food or water and have been forced to look for fallen coconuts outside.

'The reps disappeared for 24 hours then reappeared, apologised and then got blind drunk. They keep saying 'there's nothing we can do' and have another drink. We have begged Thomson to fly them home but they say nothing is wrong'.  

Bryce's tearful sister Freya described the scene at the Grand Memories Hotel in Varadero and said: 'My brother is very frightened and very angry. Nothing is being done and the situation is now becoming critical and potentially life threatening. There are children and babies at this resort among the 900 guests'. 

Thomson said today it will refund its customers in Cuba and believes that the reps seen drinking in Varadero were not its staff.

A spokesman said: 'We're really concerned to hear these reports and will be looking in to it as a priority. Due to the storm, communication channels in Cuba have been impacted, but we are doing all that we can to keep in regular contact and to update our customers on next steps. As soon as Varadero airport is confirmed as open and operational we plan to evacuate all customers home to the UK and we'll be issuing them with a full holiday refund'. 

Jos Smart, 26, and his girlfriend Julia Taylor, 30, are too afraid to leave the 'half-destroyed' hotel in St Maarten amid reports of looting and violence outside.

Describing the apocalyptic scenes in St Maarten Jos Smart's father Ian said: 'They have not had any water for a day. They said the sounds were apocalyptic and they have likened it to a war zone. They are holed up in a half-demolished bathroom and their phone is running out of battery. There have been rats in their room looking for food.

He added: 'At night time there were people knocking on their door, and so there are 12 hours of sheer blackness to get through with the terror of who is going to knock down the door.' 

Bryce White, 26, is stuck in Cuba with his girlfriend Sophie Clarke, 23, and are in a Cuban hotel room with little food or water and claim reps have given up and are getting drunk

Bryce White, 26, is stuck in Cuba with his girlfriend Sophie Clarke, 23, and are in a Cuban hotel room with little food or water and claim reps have given up and are getting drunk

Jos Smart, 26, and his girlfriend Julia Taylor, 30, were forced to hide in a smashed up hotel room with rats flooding in looking for food

Jos Smart, 26, and his girlfriend Julia Taylor, 30, were forced to hide in a smashed up hotel room with rats flooding in looking for food

Ross and Lesley McEwan, from Cambridgeshire, (pictured) have been queuing at St Maartin's airport all day, every day, in the hope they will get off the island

Ross and Lesley McEwan, from Cambridgeshire, (pictured) have been queuing at St Maartin's airport all day, every day, in the hope they will get off the island

Tourists have described apocalyptic scenes on St Maarten, pictured, where Irma has led to lawlessness and looting

Tourists have described apocalyptic scenes on St Maarten, pictured, where Irma has led to lawlessness and looting

Dom Keefe is another stuck in Cuba and has blasted Thomas Cook for heir treatment of customers

Dom Keefe is another stuck in Cuba and has blasted Thomas Cook for heir treatment of customers

Jamie Stark is in Florida and says Thomas Cook has abandoned them to face the storm

Jamie Stark is in Florida and says Thomas Cook has abandoned them to face the storm

Social media is packed with messages hammering tour companies for their 'clueless' response to the crisis

Social media is packed with messages hammering tour companies for their 'clueless' response to the crisis

Ross and Lesley McEwan, from Cambridgeshire, have been queuing at St Maartin's airport all day, every day, in the hope they will get off the island. 

Their daughter Kirsty Shephard told the Telegraph: 'There is no electricity, no running water, no toilets and very limited food and water. They were told initially there was enough for three days and now we are on day five.

Thomas Cook and Thomson's bosses earn almost £5m a year between them

Thomas Cook's boss Peter Fankhauser, 56, took home £1.2million in 2016

Thomas Cook's boss Peter Fankhauser, 56, took home £1.2million in 2016

Thomas Cook and Thomson's bosses earned around £5million between them last year.

Friedrich Joussen, CEO of Thomson's owners TUI Group, took home £3.526million.

Thomas Cook's boss Peter Fankhauser, 56, took home £1.2million in 2016, down from £4.2million in 2015,

Mr Fankhauser's salary rose from £585,000 to £697,000 but his performance-related pay fell from £2.9million to just £205,000.

In February there was a shareholders' revolt where third of investors at the AGM rejected plans to give him a £1.6million bonus.

'They are just trying to get off the island and queue at the airport, where there is very little shelter, from 5.30am till 8pm'. 

The McEwans claim that a French plane evacuating its citizens left without them because of a blunder by Britain. 

Their daughter said: 'They keep being told that the UK Foreign Office has not made contact with anyone on the island and so there is no plan to evacuate British people'.

Jamie Stark, 30, a Scottish holidaymaker who has barricaded himself in his Florida hotel room with mattresses, told MailOnline that he begged Thomas Cook for help five days ago as the hurricane approached but they failed to provide any assistance.

He said: 'I swear I'll never use them again. They have been hopeless. 

'I sent them a message five days ago, asking at what point do they allow customers the chance to go home if the hurricane maintained its current course.

'I received no reply. We tried calling them, staying awake until 4am so that we could catch them during UK opening times. I was passed from pillar to post'. 

He only received a response after he took to social media, he added.

'I started bashing them on Twitter, rightfully, and finally they sent me a message,' he said. 'But it essentially said that they can't do anything, as their three flights out were already fully booked.

'However, I was hearing people say that one of their flights was half-empty on the Saturday.

'I had been following this for five days myself. Surely they have people in high places they can use for information like this? But their pathetic response was that they were seeking local advice. They just weren't interested.

'Since then, they have just been passing the buck and telling people that they can't get people back because the airport is closed. They ended up calling us on Saturday night to ask what they could do to help, hours after the airport closure. You couldn't make it up.

'They are not even attempting to help us out. It wasn't like that when they wanted thousands of pounds off us.'  

Brad and Steph Smart (pictured) are trapped in the Bahamas after Hurricane Irma struck while they were on their honeymoon and were forced to barricade their hotel

Brad and Steph Smart (pictured) are trapped in the Bahamas after Hurricane Irma struck while they were on their honeymoon and were forced to barricade their hotel

Brad Smart got on with helping the locals prepare for the storm by building barricades and laying sand bags on his honeymoonBrad Smart got on with helping the locals prepare for the storm by building barricades and laying sand bags on his honeymoon

Brad Smart got on with helping the locals prepare for the storm by building barricades and laying sand bags on his honeymoon with new wife Steph

Survivors: Brendan (left) and wife Sasha Joyce (right) and their children Keiran (left) and Aiden (right), survived being in the eye wall of Hurricane Irma

Survivors: Brendan (left) and wife Sasha Joyce (right) and their children Keiran (left) and Aiden (right), survived being in the eye wall of Hurricane Irma

Gemma Smith, with her husband Marc and son Kaiellis, were evacuated from their hotel on Thursday, and like many Britons travelled nine hours by coach to the northern region of Varadero.

Her mother, Sharon Green, could not make contact with her family after the storm hit, but has now been able to communicate with them through Facebook.

Mrs Smith said in a message to her mother: 'We are safe. Those were the worst and scariest 24 hours of my life.

'We were stuck in a bathroom for 22 hours and 43 minutes and trust me I counted every minute. All three of us laid in the bathroom and Kaiellis slept in the bath.

'Hours into the hurricane everything smashed. All the glass and windows and then to our horror the roof started leaking and rain was pouring in.

'We shoved towels under the door and locked ourselves in with a mattress, but Kaiellis kept telling me things about rugby and laughing and joking with us.

'It's every parent's worst nightmare the feeling that you can't protect your child, and at times it was like he was looking out for me.

'I'm not going lie, I thought we were all going to die. Further into the storm we heard a massive noise and realised the roof had come off, and people were crying - the noise was horrendous. 

'Trees fell down and landing on the hotel. I feel physically ill and mentally drained.'

Mrs Smith said the whole are of Varadero was flooded, with trees and tiles strewn everywhere. Their original hotel is apparently 'completely under water'. 

Gemma, Marc and Kaiellis Smith from Hull were stranded in Cuba when Hurricane Irma struck

Gemma, Marc and Kaiellis Smith from Hull were stranded in Cuba when Hurricane Irma struck

Mrs Smith admitted that as the trees fell she feared the family could die

Mrs Smith admitted that as the trees fell she feared the family could die

Social media is packed with messages hammering tour companies for their 'clueless' response to the crisis.

Elyssia Leeman, who is stuck Cuba with her mother Emma, tweeted: '@ThomasCookUK have literally no leg to stand on leaving all these families in the largest hurricane to date. SHOULD HAVE FLOWN US HOME.

'How can @ThomasCookUK fly people out of orlando but couldn't get us from cuba???'. 

She added: 'Hotels caving in & hotels flooding but that's okay because @ThomasCookUK still don't care'. 

Liam Ferguson, whose family is in Cuba with Thomas Cook, tweeted: '@ThomasCookUK you've moved people 8 hours by coach from cayo coco to varadero to minimise the risk to the tourists from Hurricane Irma which I can understand.

'The hotel in varodero is now completely ruined, windows caved in from the wind. The food and drinks supplies are running low so the current food and drink situation was a plate of cheese and ham and a carton of milk each. 

'Food and drink can only be taken when it's bought [sic] to the hotel room as the guests cannot leave the room (and when they do try a security guard stops them)

'They have been told not to leave their rooms for 2 days now. You've given us a number to call regarding early flights home but when the number was called the only response was 'we don't know what's happening yet'. 

Thomas Cook customer Emma Stothard, who is on holiday in the Dominican Republic, described how she was 'so frustrated with the lack of communication from the rep over here'.

Nikki Kershaw, who is also in the Dominican Republic, claimed tour operator Thomson has been 'useless'.

She said: 'We have not seen our rep. Really upset with them and will be lodging a complaint on the other side of this.' 

Thousands of Britons people battered by the category 5 storm are unable to contact home because telephone and power lines are down and living with little food or water and 

Thomas Cook has been accused of 'abandoning' customers in Florida and Cuba by customers who claim they should have been flown home before Irma struck and have been forced to wait in their rooms for days with no news.  

HMS Ocean in in Gibraltar loading up with supplies to take over to the Caribbean for the relief effort

HMS Ocean in in Gibraltar loading up with supplies to take over to the Caribbean for the relief effort

Emergency shelter kits, rations and clean water, are being taken to the region

Emergency shelter kits, rations and clean water, are being taken to the region

Liam Ferguson's family is stuck in Cuba and he says they are in appalling conditions

Liam Ferguson's family is stuck in Cuba and he says they are in appalling conditions

This tourist believes that Thomas Cook's decision not to fly people home is down to money

This tourist believes that Thomas Cook's decision not to fly people home is down to money

This woman claims she had to use a chainsaw to escape after the hurricane and walked four miles to find mobile reception but couldn't get through to BA 

This woman claims she had to use a chainsaw to escape after the hurricane and walked four miles to find mobile reception but couldn't get through to BA 

On Tortola Sasha Joyce and her father, her husband Brendan and their children sheltered in her father's house as the storm tore across the island. 

The adults lay on top of the children, aged two and four, to protect them.

When they emerged, the other rooms had been swept away, with only the room they had sheltered in still standing.

Miss Joyce's cousin, Clare Parker, who lives in London, said: 'When they came out, the eye of the tornado had ripped the concrete house apart.

Caroline Whitlock-Henry (left), 50, and her husband Marcus Henry (right), 40, are stranded on Virgin Gorda. They were huddled in a concrete stairwell waiting for the eye of the storm to pass

Caroline Whitlock-Henry (left), 50, and her husband Marcus Henry (right), 40, are stranded on Virgin Gorda. They were huddled in a concrete stairwell waiting for the eye of the storm to pass

'They walked out of there alive, which is miraculous and we are so grateful for. They are feeling lucky to be alive.'

On Virgin Gorda, a smaller island in the archipelago, one British hotel manager has been missing since the storm struck on Wednesday.

Amanda Whitlock, 49, said the only contact she'd had from her sister Caroline Whitlock-Henry, 50, in five days had been a five-second phone call. She spoke to Mrs Whitlock-Henry when she and her husband Marcus Henry, 40, were huddled in a concrete stairwell waiting for the eye of the storm to pass.

Since then, she said 'we haven't had any word, there's just been no news – it's unbelievable'.

Miss Whitlock added: 'It was literally the words, 'Hello, we're okay', and that was it.

'I don't even know whether she could hear us.'

She said when she called the Foreign Office helpline set up on Thursday, she had to spell 'Virgin Gorda' three times, because they didn't have a list of the islands. She added: 'Virgin Gorda needs to be evacuated.'

Two stranded British newlyweds have told of their devastation after Hurricane Irma ruined their dream Caribbean honeymoon and forced them to board up their hotel and lay out sandbags.

Brad and Steph Smart flew out to the Bahamas after tying the knot near their home in Romford, Essex, last week. 

Mr Smart, 32, and Mrs Smart, 30, were then supposed to fly on to Orlando for a cruise as part of their £6,500, two-week dream holiday - but have been left in limbo after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the region and led to their flight being cancelled.

The couple got married near their home in Romford, Essex, last week and flew out on their dream, £6,500 honeymoon

The couple got married near their home in Romford, Essex, last week and flew out on their dream, £6,500 honeymoon

Mrs Smart (pictured) chose the Bahamas so she could swim with the famous pigs - but the couple had no idea how bad Irma would be

Mrs Smart (pictured) chose the Bahamas so she could swim with the famous pigs - but the couple had no idea how bad Irma would be

Mr and Mrs Smart (pictured on their honeymoon) were warned the storm would definitely hit their hotel just days before it was due, leaving them no time to escape

Mr and Mrs Smart (pictured on their honeymoon) were warned the storm would definitely hit their hotel just days before it was due, leaving them no time to escape

They are now trapped inside the four-star Melia Hotel on Nassau island.

Mr Smart, an electrician, told Mail Online: 'It's been frightening. After getting married on the Saturday, we flew out on the Monday. Then we travelled to Exuma to see the pigs, which my wife wanted to do.

'On Wednesday we were at the hotel and got told the hurricane was definitely coming for us and the hotel manager told us to try and get home. 

'Until that point we weren't fazed by it but when the hotel manager said that it upset my wife and made us more anxious.

'On Thursday we were told to stay in our rooms. I was looking over the balcony and spotted some contractors doing work to prepare the hotel for the storm.

'I was sitting bored in my room so I thought I'd help. It was windy outside but not too bad so I helped them for a couple of hours.' 

Mr and Mrs Smart are trapped inside the four-star Melia Hotel on Nassau island

Mr and Mrs Smart are trapped inside the four-star Melia Hotel on Nassau island

They now face an anxious wait to see if they will make their re-arranged cruise on Wednesday

They now face an anxious wait to see if they will make their re-arranged cruise on Wednesday

On Friday the weather took a turn for the worse and the hotel guests were forced to stay inside and told they would be spending Saturday inside the hotel's underground ballroom for protection. 

But Irma struck on Friday night.

Mr Smart said: 'It woke us up in the middle of the night, it was terrifying. The hotel had advised us to stay in the bathroom so we spent a couple of hours in there.' 

Mr Smart described hearing the 150mph winds raging outside the couple's window throughout the night - but the hotel managed to escape serious damage thanks to the protective work carried out by Mr Smart and the contractors.

The Category 4 storm has since moved onto Florida, killing four people and leaving six million without power.

Now, without a flight to get them to Orlando or a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to go to, the couple claim they have been left in the dark. 

Mr Smart said: 'We're frustrated and annoyed. They've offered us a 100% refund on a future cruise but that's no good to us.

The view from the four-star Melia Hotel on Nassau island where the Smarts are stranded

The view from the four-star Melia Hotel on Nassau island where the Smarts are stranded

Mr Smart tried to make light of the situation by sending comedic snapchats to friends

Mr Smart tried to make light of the situation by sending comedic snapchats to friends

Mr and Mrs Smart chose to go to the Bahamas so they could swim with the pigs (pictured)

Mr Smart said: 'It's ruined our honeymoon. The first two or three days were perfect but from Thursday it started getting windy. We've been stuck in the hotel room watching Netflix'

The hotel prepared guests for the hurricane and warned them they would be staying in the underground ballroom during the storm

The hotel prepared guests for the hurricane and warned them they would be staying in the underground ballroom during the storm

Dad OK! Grandfather paints message on the ROOF of his Virgin Gorda home to let his desperate family know he survived Irma

Bob Hogan climbed up onto his home and daubed 'Dad Ok' on the roof to let his family and friends know he had survived the storm

Bob Hogan climbed up onto his home and daubed 'Dad Ok' on the roof to let his family and friends know he had survived the storm

A grandfather has painted a giant message on the roof of his Virgin Gorda home which says 'Dad OK' after the island was battered by hurricane Irma.

Bob Hogan climbed up onto his home to let his family and friends know he had survived the storm which has left up to 5million people without power.

The storm has now left five people dead as it hammered Florida with strong winds after it had caused chaos in the Caribbean.

Mr Hogan survived the storm on the British Virgin Islands and drew a smiley face on his roof and a picture was later shared on social media.

After an aerial photograph was posted on a Facebook page, people were quick to point out that it was Mr Hogan's house at Biras Creek.

Carolina Rodriguez Soaje wrote: 'Very Bob that sign!!!!!'

Paola C. Ubiñas added 'that's Bob!' while his daughter Sara Hogan Graviss wrote 'YES! That is my Dad!!'

Mrs Hogan Graviss had earlier uploaded a picture of her father and her family and posted: 'BOB HOGAN was just found safe on Virgin Gorda!

'Thank you for all of your prayers, calls, messages. Means so much to us. We will let you know when we hear more.'

Others questioned how Mr Hogan was able to paint his message, with Jan Christie Brogan writing: 'How in the world did he get up on that roof? Absolutely amazing.'

It comes as Britain is due to be hit by the tail-end of up to three hurricanes or tropical storms in the next two months, according to one of the world's biggest weather forecasters.

The Met Office said Britain won't be battered by weather as severe as that which is slamming the US and Caribbean, but could face winds of up to 70mph this week.

Forecaster Helen Roberts told MailOnline: 'We have often got the remnants of hurricanes coming across the Atlantic to the UK.'

'We only came here to swim with the pigs. That was an amazing experience and I'm glad we did it.

'I asked what would happen to the pigs during the storm and they told us they'd be looked after.

'We were the last people to see them because the storm was coming.' 

DJ Laura Elliott, 37, last night demanded that the Government rescue her children and fiancé (pictured) who are stranded in a hilltop house on Tortola

DJ Laura Elliott, 37, last night demanded that the Government rescue her children and fiancé (pictured) who are stranded in a hilltop house on Tortola

The couple are now waiting anxiously to see if Orlando airport will be re-opened in time for them to fly in and make their re-arranged cruise on Wednesday.

Mr Smart said: 'It's been an experience and a half. 

'It's ruined our honeymoon. The first two or three days were perfect but from Thursday it started getting windy. We've been stuck in the hotel room watching Netflix. 

'We're just praying to God and keeping our hopes up that we get on that cruise.' 

DJ Laura Elliott, 37, last night demanded that the Government rescue her two young children and fiancé, who are stranded in a hilltop house on Tortola.

Miss Elliott's son Oscar, ten months, and daughter Isla, 23 months, have been forced to live off breakfast cereal with only a week's supply of water.

The DJ, who is understood to have played for Princes William and Harry, wants Britain to send a helicopter or order the Royal Marines to hack through the rainforest to save her family.

She told The Times: 'Fresh food can't be accessed but my children are incredibly fortunate in that we have a large stock of Weetabix and formula milk. Other families have no food at all.

'There is no power to the area and roofs have been ripped off houses, a police station is destroyed and a fire station badly damaged.'

Tens of thousands of tourists are stranded on Cuba, many of them British. Two of them spoke angrily on this morning's Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 about how they had been 'abandoned' by the Government and their tour operator.

'I can't even begin to tell you how angry we all are... The Canadians went, the Argentinians went, and we're all sitting in our bloody hotels waiting to move,' one unnamed woman said.

A man added: 'All the other countries, Canada and that, the tour operators or their governments got them out of there before the hurricane hit. We should have been the same. Our government didn't get involved and Thomas Cook didn't get send any planes to come and get us when they had the opportunity.'

The first interviewee added: 'The Cuban people are the only ones who have actually looked after us. Our own government just left us to sink.'

Thomas Cook responded by saying that they have simply followed the instructions given by the Cuban government. No deaths have yet been reported on the island as a result of the storm.

HMS Ocean docks in Gibraltar before it heads to the Caribbean to help with Irma relief effort 

HMS Ocean in Gibraltar today as it prepares to cross the Atlantic to  the Caribbean

HMS Ocean in Gibraltar today as it prepares to cross the Atlantic to  the Caribbean

An RAF Chinook lands in Gibraltar packed with Irma aid 

An RAF Chinook lands in Gibraltar packed with Irma aid 

HMS Ocean is getting packed up in Gibraltar today as it prepares to sail to the Caribbean to help with the Irma clear-up. 

British police officers will be deployed as part of the country's efforts to step up support to the Caribbean islands left devastated by Hurricane Irma, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) has said.

Following criticism of its response to the disaster, the Government announced a £32 million aid package spearheaded by the military.

Almost 300 military personnel have left the UK as part of Operation Ruman, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The NPCC announced that British police officers will provide support to the British Virgin Islands force as part of the relief effort.

It said two members of the UK police cadre, who support the military in times of international crisis, flew out on Friday, while a further 53 British officers from 14 police forces are due to leave from RAF Brize Norton in co-operation with the MoD.

Operation RUMAN will see Britain step up its humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Operation RUMAN will see Britain step up its humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Emergency shelter kits, rations and clean water, are being taken to the region 

Emergency shelter kits, rations and clean water, are being taken to the region 

The officers will support the local police force to maintain law and order, as well as helping to find missing people, including British nationals, the NPCC explained.

The organisation's lead for international policing, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: 'We received offers of support from officers across the country as soon as this crisis began.

'These officers, and the many others who volunteered, signify our commitment to help those in need and humanitarian instinct of the British police force, no matter where in the world.'

More than 200 Royal Marines, along with engineers, specialists, medical supplies, and aid, including emergency shelter kits, rations and clean water, have been flown out to the region.

RFA Mounts Bay's crew is also providing support to the British Virgin Islands, conducting reconnaissance flights and delivering supplies and aid, while HMS Ocean is due to take equipment and aid supplies from Gibraltar to the Caribbean on Monday.

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