September 20, 2014 5:32 am
Updated: September 20, 2014 10:12 am

Last rescue flight returns to Calgary from storm-ravaged Cabo San Lucas

A A

WATCH ABOVE: After dealing with a hurricane, riots and rations of food and water, 45 Calgary students finally found their way home tonight. Gary Bobrovitz reports.

CALGARY – A final group of about 45 Canadians who were stuck in the hurricane-ravaged Mexican resort area of Cabos San Lucas are back home after Calgary-based WestJet airlines sent a plane down to get them.

Global News
Help us improve Globalnews.ca
Story continues below

The vacation turned into mayhem when Hurricane Odile knocked out power, water and phone service, sparking widespread looting.

READ MORE: ‘Our bed went out the window’: B.C. tourist describes mayhem in Cabo following hurricane

There were hugs and tears of relief at Calgary’s airport Friday night as the tourists disembarked from what’s being called a “mercy flight.”

READ MORE: Situation in Cabo desperate as more Canadians return home

WestJet flew 4,000 bottles of water to Los Cabos on Friday and offered a free return flight to any Canadians who wanted to get out of the area.

Megan Lucks says the airline was “amazing,” putting the passengers into a hangar and giving them food and water before letting them board the flight.

READ MORE: Canadians in Cabo San Lucas begin returning home

Cody Krantz says one morning, the hotel he was staying in issued a warning that patrons might have to lock themselves in their rooms if rioting and looting that was happening in the town spread to the resort.

PHOTO GALLERY: Destruction at RIU Santa Fe, Los Cabo. Courtesy of Brad Lutz of Delta. 

hotel hotel2 hotel3 hotel4 hotel5 hotel6

© 2014 Shaw Media

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.