FIRST Marshallese to return home since the RMI closed their boarders!!!
First Marshall Islanders in nearly 3 months return home
MAJURO — Two Marshall Islanders who drifted at sea for 42 days and seven others were returned home Thursday, the first people allowed into this western Pacific nation since early-March after a Covid-19 travel ban was enforced.
They were greeted on arrival by authorities wrapped in full-body personal protection equipment and were tested for Covid-19 at the airports on Kwajalein and Majuro, then placed into 14-day quarantine.
The two fishermen from Ebeye Island, Godfrey Capelle and Benjamin Thomas, survived an ocean drift of over 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) before washing up on Namoluk Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia on May 14. Their repatriation was complicated by international and domestic Covid-19 travel bans in the FSM. Ultimately, they were transported by a FSM surveillance vessel from Chuuk to Pohnpei this week Wednesday in order to be in place for the arrival Thursday of an Air Marshall Islands charter flight dispatched to collect them and seven Marshall Islanders who had been stranded in Pohnpei since the travel ban went into effect March 8.
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