LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — Some long-awaited relief for a father from Fort Langley, after his son was finally evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship near Japan.
After weeks of uncertainty, Scott Fehrenbacher says his son Spencer has walked off the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
“The time has finally come … It’s been a very long night again – couldn’t sleep until I heard that Spencer is now walking off the ship,” Scott wrote in a Facebook post. “Spencer told me the people that came to his room had “science-fiction-level” suits on that were quite startling.”
The ship was being held near Yokohama due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, which quickly spread to a number of passengers on board.
Scott’s posts says his son has to pass a temperature screening, and will be boarding a plane for quarantine in the U.S.
He calls the experience overwhelming and adds he’s grateful and thankful his son is okay.
In a release Saturday, federal officials chartered a plane to repatriate Canadians quarantined aboard a cruise ship docked near Yokohama, Japan.
More than 250 Canadians were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined on February 4.
Those Canadians who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board and will instead be transferred to the Japanese health system to receive appropriate care.