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Stranded Jim flags ride to Cape for just… HOW MUCH?

Botanist Jim McIntosh, who was left stranded on Tristan da Cunha when he was bumped off the MV Edinburgh, has managed to find another ship that’s bound for Cape Town.

The good news, as revealed on his Tristan Travels journal, is that the captain can divert 500 miles to pick him up, to avoid a six-week wait for the Edinburgh to return.

The less-good news is that his fare would be a mere £30,000.

Hmm… tough choice.

SEE ALSO:
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LINK:
Tristan Travels – Jim McIntosh’s blog

Jim is left hitch-hiking in mid-ocean as ship sails without him

Botanist Jim McIntosh had been looking forward to a week’s holiday in Cape Town after a seven-month stint working on Tristan da Cunha. Instead, he watched the MV Edinburgh sail away without him.

Jim was dropped from the passenger list to make way for a medical patient, with his belongings already packed.

Now he’s been left trying to hitch a lift on any ships that might be passing nearby. In the meantime, he’s got a place booked on the next scheduled sailing from the island – six weeks after he should have left for home in the UK.

He writes about his frustration on his internet journal: “Andy, the Tristan Radio Operator, and Kobus, the Chief Executive, are contacting passing ships to ask if they could divert to Tristan and give me a lift, including one to the British Antarctic Survey, whose two ships are currently in transit between the Falkland Islands and the UK.

Meantime I’m packed up and ready to go – and I’ve got to stay ready as there might not be much notice of a ship arriving.

Jim has been on the island since 3 October 2011. His blog is full of detail on Tristan life.

It also tells how he had a lucky discovery when he had a nagging toothache in Cape Town and went to a dentist, just as he was about to embark for the island in Cape Town: “Ok, it’s bad but it could be worse. I’ve just had emergency root canal treatment.”

As he says, it would have been a lot worse if he’d had the toothache a week later.

SEE ALSO:
Accident lands Stephanie a month on Tristan da Cunha
St Helena cruise passengers stranded in the cold

LINK:
Tristan Travels – Jim McIntosh’s blog

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