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British tourist slept through Rhodes wildfire evacuation — after popping in ear plugs before bed

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HOLIDAYMAKER Caroline Smith slept through the biggest evacuation in Greek history – after she popped in her ear plugs before bed.

Snoozing Caroline, 49, missed scores of emergency texts issued by authorities on the island of Rhodes, 20 voicemails from worried pals and 10 calls from her hotel reception.

Caroline Smith slept through the biggest evacuation in Greek history - after she popped in her ear plugs before bed.

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Caroline Smith slept through the biggest evacuation in Greek history – after she popped in her ear plugs before bed.Credit: Darren Fletcher
Karen was eventually woken from her sleep after the Greek hotel manager kicked down her room door as fires raged across Rhodes

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Karen was eventually woken from her sleep after the Greek hotel manager kicked down her room door as fires raged across RhodesCredit: Reuters
The charred pool area at the Lindos Imperial Hotel

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The charred pool area at the Lindos Imperial Hotel

She only woke up after the Greek manager at Lindos White Suites kicked her door down.

Personal assistant Caroline, who flew home to Swansea yesterday, told The Sun: “I have always worn ear plugs because my husband snores.

“On Saturday night, I’d been out for dinner but didn’t have too much to drink because it was so hot.

“I got back to my room, got ready for bed and put my ear plugs in. I was dead to the world. Nothing was going to wake me up.

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“My friends called 20 times. The hotel reception tried 10 times. I just slept through it all.

“The only reason I woke up is the hotel manager was kicking my door in at 3.30am.”

Drowsy Caroline walked through the lifeless hotel complex towards the beach where hundreds had gathered as the fires raged – oblivious to the panic that had unfolded over the hours before.

She added: “I was out for the count.

“Everyone has been saying how tired they, that they’ve had no sleep. They all look exhausted.

“Luckily, I got an extra couple of hours.”

Caroline, who was on holiday with six pals located on the other side of the hotel complex, was evacuated to a nearby school in Lindos before being taken to another nearby on Sunday.

She finally boarded a flight home yesterday – adding: “I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.”


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