Stranded couple plan to sail home to Australia
Jake Shepherd and Tamara Ilic are stuck in Panama, in South America, after months of cancelled flights and thousands of dollars wasted.
An Australian couple stranded in Central America due to the pandemic are planning to sail home.
Jake Shepherd and Tamara Ilic are stuck in Panama after months of cancelled flights and thousands of dollars wasted.
"Apart from the flights we've contacted DFAT, we've contacted the Embassy in different countries, and the only thing we've received back is one automated email which wasn't helpful so that's why we started looking into alternative ways to get home," Ms Ilic told Today.
They have decided to try and get back to Brisbane by boat, embarking on a four-month voyage across the Pacific Ocean.
The couple came across some online groups where people can contact captains who need crew and work in exchange for the travel.
They have never sailed before, but are confident the captain has extensive experience and will teach them everything they need to know.
"Jake's a little scared of sharks," Ms Ilic said.
"I've got a healthy fear of sharks, I'd like to say - they're dangerous," Mr Shepherd shot back.
Ms Ilic said they are excited to get home and have an adventure on the way, while Mr Shepherd said at least they're safe from one other danger - the coronavirus.
The pair plan to embark on the long journey on board a 42-foot boat soon.