A Brit and four others have left stranded on a snake-infested island for two months and have been forced to forage for food, due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Natalie Poole is stuck on Kyun Pila, in Myanmar, with four other people as the last boat to take them away from the island was suddenly cancelled.
The 35-year-old said that she and her fellow castaways are having to take things “day by day” as they have been forced to survive with hardly any aid as they are left stranded in one of the world’s most isolated locations.
However, the group are not the only residents on the island, as they are sharing the island with scorpions, snakes, wild boar and monitor lizards.
Natalia, from Ashburton Deven, said: “The hardest thing for me has been not knowing how long we’re going to be here.
“It’s kind of up and down, we’re a very small group of people and we’re living in a very confined, close situation.
“In the back of our minds is obviously families back home and stuff, which adds to the tension a little bit.
“We’re just trying to take things day by day.”
The volunteers had been heading to the remote island as they wanted to take part in protecting the coral reef, as members of the Ocean Quest organisation.
On May 5, they had been expecting to return yet their boat was cancelled when Thailand decided to extend its lockdown.
The island has now been their home since March 19 and they are still waiting on news for when the next ship can take them back home.
Today, Natalie posted on Facebook: “Please help me get home. There is a boat leaving here on Monday but they won’t let me on the mainland without booked flight tickets home.
“There are no flights and rescue flights full or require you to buy tickets in person in Yangon (Myanmar).
“It is a 6 hour boat ride and a domestic flight to Yangon from here and most rescue flights being posted with only a few days notice.
“I can wait a little longer but then if the weather changes here, the boat journey could become impossible….. so complicated!”
Another busy few days #desertedonadesertisland. No end of Trash washed up on the beach & tangled within the mangroves. A huge task but I am one determined little #trashhero & feel so lucky I am able do something so productive for the world during this #pandemic. I hope people start respecting mother nature a bit more after this difficult time is over!#mermaidonamissionTrash Hero Koh Phi PhiOcean Quest Global
Posted by Natalie Poole on Sunday, 12 April 2020
Natalie, who is a scuba diver instructor, says that she should be back in Britain by now and working as a summer school teacher.
As the group have no idea how long they’ll be there, they have had to turn into real-life Robin Crusoes by transforming their forest setup with whatever washes up on shore and bamboo.
The camp is situated 15 minutes from Awei Pila by dinghy, which is the only resort on the island and it has been closed due to the outbreak.
Natalie has revealed that they have food parcels which just about keep them going, as it is the bare minimum.
She added: “We have to be very aware of how much we consume, we are eating very basic food and really having to make it last.”
To survive, the group have been left with no choice but to forage for the majority of their food, which includes yams and jackfruit.