Suffolk couple in Bali blast

SCORES of Britons caught up in the Bali bombing have begun arriving home today.With 33 British people feared dead one Sudbury couple had a narrow escape during the blast.

SCORES of Britons caught up in the Bali bombing have begun arriving home today.

With 33 British people feared dead one Sudbury couple had a narrow escape during the blast.

Backpacker Rebecca Waldron and her boyfriend Mark Buckles, 24 had been sitting in a bar close to the where the terrorists struck just minutes before the bomb exploded on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old's worried mum Sandra, who lives in Ballingdon, Sudbury, described panic stricken Rebecca's urgent calls to her home detailing the desperation and helplessness engulfing the island.

Mrs Waldron said: "She told me how she had run out of her hotel after being told it was a bomb, to find Mark.

"When she found him he had been knocked off his feet by the explosion.

Most Read

"She said she is still in a daze and can't believe what has happened. She says the place is in absolute mayhem with dead bodies and wrecked buildings everywhere."

The couple had been travelling for around ten months, visiting Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. They had left Bali around a month ago but returned because they loved it so much and were due to fly home in a few weeks.

The bombings are believed to have killed up to 200 people and injured hundreds more.

Many of the travellers arriving back at Gatwick and Heathrow airports today were in and around the area of the Sari Club at the time of the attacks and were met by anxious friends and relatives.

A young British backpacker from Tenby, Wales was hailed a hero after pulling two friends from the wreckage and flames of a Bali bomb blast.

Jonathan Hartery, 25, was travelling with girlfriend Nicola Trott, 29, and her flat-mate Rachel Griffiths, 28.

The trio were two weeks into their six month round-the-world trip and had been in Bali for a mere two hours when a bomb ripped through the Sari Club where they had been drinking.

Arriving at Heathrow Airport last night caravan park manager Rachel from Tenby, South Wales, told how Jonathan had kicked a hole in the collapsed night club roof to drag the girls to safety, saving them from the encroaching fire.

Sporting fresh burns on her shoulder and back, a tearful Rachel said: "It was terrible. John saved our lives".

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter