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Brisbane family sailing world on yacht stranded at sea by coronavirus

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A Brisbane family is on an extraordinary mission to get home as countries around the world shut their borders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Brisbane family is on an extraordinary mission to get home as countries around the world shut their borders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Craig and Dianna Sparks and their 10-year-old triplets Lawson, Oscar and Avalon, set off from Brisbane 10 months ago, sailing around the world.

This evening, they're stuck on their yacht in the Caribbean Sea in international waters, with almost no chance of getting ashore.

"It's like you're walking around in a movie, it's quite weird," Ms Sparks said.

"We were going to go to Saint Lucia but Saint Lucia closed their borders before we could get there and it was like half an hour. They're just like, 'that's it'.

"So every country in the Caribbean on the Eastern Caribbean is shutting its borders, slamming them like doors." The family say they've struggled with a sea of misinformation and advice that is becoming outdated before it reaches them.

They yesterday learned Panama now has armed guards on the breakwater, preventing access to the Panama Canal.

Tomorrow they plan to sail five hours to an island named St David's, which has an airport, in the hope they'll be able to fly home.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-pandemic-brisbane-family-sailing-world-on-yacht-stranded-at-sea/29aa548b-60cd-4f40-9783-f6bbb9ef4142

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