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    Trapped under the sea in 30 deg heat.

    Trapped under the sea: Hundreds in Channel Tunnel terror after train breaks down for six hours
    By DANIEL BATES
    Last updated at 1:30 AM on 27th August 2009

    Hundreds of holidaymakers were stuck in the Channel Tunnel for six hours in sweltering heat when their train broke down.
    The lights went out, the air conditioning stopped and temperatures began to rise towards 30c (86f) after the train's power failed.
    Around 500 passengers, including dozens of families, were trapped.

    Trapped: Hundreds of passengers were trapped in the Channel Tunnel for six hours (file picture)
    Some began to panic, one diabetic woman fainted, some had asthma attacks and several children passed out.
    A sealed metal carriage door had to be prised open to allow cool air in, bottled water ran out and the toilets stopped working.
    Passengers also said they were left uninformed about what was being done to get them out.

    Shambles: Arthur and Margaret Davis said passengers got angry with the lack of information about the delay
    Services in both directions were halted while a rescue train arrived to pull the broken-down one out.
    Passengers, who had boarded with their cars at 7.50pm on Tuesday, got to Britain at 2.30am Wednesday.
    Eurotunnel apologised for the problem and offered refunds. But those on the train said the response to the incident was a shambles.
    Arthur Davis, 69, was returning from a four-day break in France with wife Margaret, 66 and her cousin Jane Edwards, 76, when they boarded the 7.50pm Calais to Folkstone service.
    About halfway through, in one of the deepest parts of the tunnel and 340ft from sea level, the two-deck drive-on-drive-off train slowed and stopped.
    Mr Davis, a retired photocopier technician, said: 'What happened next can only be described as a total and utter shambles.
    'We had one announcement that there was a problem and nothing after that for the next six hours so everyone was walking around asking-each other what was going on.
    'As the hours went by people were starting to get angry and demanding to know from the guards what was happening but they didn't know either.
    'The communications systems were not working.'
    The experience was compounded because the loss of power had effectively locked all the doors, although emergency lights did come back on.
    Paramedics were shipped down the service tunnel to check on the passengers and trains were stopped in both directions.
    Mr Davis, from Chelmer Village near Chelmsford in Essex, added: 'When the lights went out a few people lost the plot and were crying. We had kids fainting, one diabetic woman passed out.
    'Guards were handing out water to start with but it ran out. What annoyed people most was the fact nobody was telling us anything.'
    The incident also affected Eurostar services, which take foot passengers through the tunnel, and around 3,000 in both directions were delayed by up to five hours.
    Eurotunnel spokesman John Keefe said the company would be refunding the cost of the trips, typically 98 for a car return, and offering free travel vouchers.
    He said: 'We had a technical incident on one of our trains. Everybody was safe throughout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    and temperatures began to rise towards 30c (86f)
    My God, how did they survive?

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    serves them right for going to france.

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    ^ I know DD...those poor people... Whereas we regularly have to put up with 35+ over here.. God forbid they ever think about coming to the tropics!!!! They'd all die on the 1st day here!!! or forever live in an air-con room

    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    The incident also affected Eurostar services, which take foot passengers through the tunnel, and around 3,000 in both directions were delayed by up to five hours.
    Foot passengers!!! Don't they mean the French Cutoms officers showing the way for the immigrants was held up..due to the malfunction. So they had to wait hiding in the tunnel so the Brits wouldn't see the slimey invaders..

    The immigrants were given the option of escaping and making the rest of the journey by swimming...however only if they had their Burkinis with them....which unfortunately most of them had left in the lockers in France.
    Very fetching Ma'dame
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    30 deg heat

    They be orl sutherners down thart way! Wimps they be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    They be orl sutherners down thart way! Wimps they be!
    Thawt 'suthners' likedt t'heat?? bluudy shandi drinkin poooofs....

    I love me cockles and eels though Gov'

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    fcuk - a train full of poms in 30 degC heat - where was the UN ? they should be cracking down on the transportation of these horrendous chemical weapons - the stench would have killed at a thousand paces

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    God knew why he put the english onto an island. And then some idiots came along and dug a tunnel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    Arthur Davis, 69, was returning from a four-day break in France with wife Margaret, 66 and her cousin Jane Edwards, 76, when they boarded the 7.50pm Calais to Folkstone service.
    Why does it give their ages when boarding the train but not when they were finally discharged??
    Am I missing something here?

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    ^Comprehension skills.

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    When do I get my medal? I survived yet another day with temps in the high 80s, even went for a bike ride, hell, it was probably in the high 90s out in the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    fcuk - a train full of poms in 30 degC heat - where was the UN ? they should be cracking down on the transportation of these horrendous chemical weapons - the stench would have killed at a thousand paces
    I know especially if they'd had their savaloy's and jellied eels...the passengers were no worse off for their British endurance kept them strong..

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