‘If you have boats, then get them here’: Richard Branson’s son evokes the spirit of Dunkirk as relief effort for ‘decimated’ British Virgin Islands begins following killer Hurricane Irma – as ENTIRE island of Barbuda is evacuated

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Richard Branson’s son Sam has made an appeal to boat owners to help bring aid
Comes after British Virgin Islands – where his dad owns a home – hit by hurricane
In a video, Sam said he is preparing for ‘harrowing’ experience as he heads back
Richard, meanwhile, said the islands have been ‘decimated’ and need aid now
Entire island of Barbuda, meanwhile, now evacuated ahead of Hurricane Jose

9 September 2017

The son of Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is heading to the devastated British Virgin Islands as he prepares for the ‘harrowing’ experience of seeing his home in ruins.

In an appeal three days after Hurricane Irma smashed into the overseas territory where his father owns an island, Sam Branson said simply: ‘If you have boats, then please get them to the BVI.’

The islands’ governor, Gus Jaspert, said there had been devastating damage and ‘reports of casualties and fatalities’ following the storm.

He added: ‘I am truly heartbroken by this news. May God bless and protect the territory and our people.’

The hurricane has left apocalyptic scenes behind it in the Caribbean, killing 24 so far, and causing enormous levels of destruction in St Martin, Barbuda and others.

Richard said early this morning that there ‘needs to be an enormous aid effort’ after the island was ‘decimated’, as the British Government’s relief effort begins.

He branded Irma ‘the storm of the century’, but also warned about Category 4 Hurricane Jose, which is following in its wake.

As a consequence of Jose, the entire island of Barbuda – ‘except for a few persons who resisted the call’ – has been evacuated, its prime minister said.

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