Teenager stranded in Ayia Napa for a week after losing passport at airport

A teenager has been left stranded in Ayia Napa after he lost his passport.

Cameron Gallagher was set to jet home from his holiday to Cypriot party resort when he realised he'd lost the crucial documentation.

The 19-year-old's week-long dream trip turned into disaster, reports the Daily Record.

Cameron, from Kilmarnock, realised his passport had vanished at the island’s airport last Wednesday morning.

Cameron’s 16 pals, some of them in tears, all headed home without him and to add insult to injury, a case mix-up at the airport meant the only clothes he had left to wear belonged to his friends while his own luggage made it back to Glasgow.

The former St Joseph’s Academy pupil has been pleading with authorities to let him go home but a series of hold-ups have trapped him in the party island that more than 700,000 sun-seekers flock to each year.

“It’s been a bit horrible and frustrating to say the least,” Cameron said.

“I was 20 minutes away from boarding the flight and realised that I didn’t have my passport on me and I was running round the airport like mad trying to find it but I couldn’t.

“It was a heart in the mouth moment, and I didn’t really know what to do.

“By that time everyone was on the plane so I told my friends to go and board the plane and leave me.

“I still haven’t found my passport but I’m always losing things.”

Cameron was up for around 25 hours while trying to find a way home and took an hour-long bus ride to the British Embassy.

Officials told him that it would take two working days to cobble together emergency travel documents but the embassy is closed on weekends.

Speaking from the island earlier this week, Cameron said that the authorities said his temporary passport was ready on Monday, but couldn’t be collected until Tuesday.

“The British Embassy has been shut over the weekend so it’s been a bit of a nightmare,” Cameron said.

“I stayed in the town of Larnaca, where the airport is, for the first few nights and then went back to Ayia Napa for a night. But I’m now back in Larnaca.

“I’ve been lucky because my parents have sent me some money to tide me over.

“I haven’t even enjoyed being out on my own, I’ve just been sitting watching movies in my hotel. I get really bored easily.”

And Cameron is now desperate to get back home to resume his summer job teaching English to kids at St Andrew’s College Language School, which he’s held down for three summers now.

“I really want to get back because I was meant to start my summer job on Saturday and I don’t want to let them down.

“My work have been great and really understanding of the situation though.

“First time I spoke to my parents, my mum called me an idiot but they’re now as frustrated as I am and just want me home.”

Cameron is  hopeful of getting home today by flying to London Heathrow and on to Glasgow.

Last year, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued emergency travel documents to over 30,000 Brits who were abroad.

Officials say that it takes around two working days to issue an emergency travel document.

An FCO spokesman said: “We have provided assistance by issuing emergency travel documents to a British man in Cyprus who had lost his passport.”

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