Four Americans Claim To Be Hostages in British Virgin Islands After Sailing Into Prohibited Area for U.S. Visitors
By Fox News // December 1, 2020
British Virgin Islands prohibit U.S. visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic
(FOX NEWS) – Four Americans claim they are being held like “hostages” in a British Virgin Islands hotel room after they accidentally sailed into the territory’s waters — breaking rules that prohibit U.S. visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report.
Lynn Hines, of Manning, S.C., said she, her husband and two friends only realized their mistake after their sailboat had already traveled a mile and a half into the forbidden seas on Nov. 19 on their way to St. John, news station WJLA reported.
The boat turned around to head back, but it was too late and they were met by Customs agents
“This is where they took our passports and all the boat’s documentation and then stated that you are being charged with trying to enter the country illegally, not coming to a port of entry and they carry two $10,000 fines,” Hines told the outlet.
Since then, they’ve been detained in a single hotel room, which they say is overrun with bugs and has a broken sink, news station WSOC reported.
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