Wife’s relief as husband reaches safety

Pamela and David Spikins
Pamela and David Spikins
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DAYS of worry have finally come to an end for a Hartlepool woman after her Libya-based husband arrived safely in Malta.

David Spikins, 64, spent every moment of a 42-hour sail on board the Greek ferry Santorini on the deck with only two chairs for a bed.

But he is now enjoying his first hot meal and shower in a Maltese hotel after completing the voyage to safety from the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf.

Back in Hartlepool, his wife Pamela, 63, from the Clavering area of town, admitted: “I am really relieved and I can totally relax now.

“He seems upbeat and he seems fine. He’s told me how he has had to sleep upright on the ferry but he has made the most of it.

“He says the camaraderie has helped him to get through it all.”

After an overnight stay in Malta last night, David was due to complete the final leg of his journey home to Hartlepool today.

Pamela said: “I am over the moon that he is coming home.”

David worked at the Amal oil refinery in Libya as a garage manager but he had to flee when bosses ordered foreigners off the site.

First, he made a two-and-a-half hour coach journey to the Libyan port of Ras Lanuff along with dozens of other foreigners.

Then, he had to wait on board the Santorini while it collected passengers to take to safety.

During his ordeal, he was confronted by Libyans armed with guns.

But David’s adventure, which has lasted nearly two weeks, should end in the happiest of reunions with his wife later today.