St Helena Headline NEWS- 28 July 2017

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Airlink launches new route from Johannesburg to St. Helena

CapeTalk, Cape Town

As of October, SA Airlink (‘Airlink’) will be running a scheduled and regular service between South Africa and St Helena. The flights will traveL from Johannesburg through Windhoek to St. Helena.

Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster says the Windhoek route will allow for crew to inspect the aircraft and refuel.

On both legs of the journey there will be an opportunity for a connection at Windhoek to a connecting flight to and from Cape Town; this gives flexibility to passengers to go to either destination.

Rodger Foster, CEO, Airlink

Johannesburg is a very important collection point. Its an important hub and provides interlined activity for flights coming across all over the world.

Rodger Foster, CEO, Airlink

The flights will approximately be six hours from Johannesburg to St. Helena with a 30 minute stop at Windhoek.

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Falklands’ winds and flight delays could reduce attractiveness of additional services

Merco Press

Too many documented delays to flights might reduce the attractiveness of the Falklands in terms of an airline considering providing an additional service to the Islands, acknowledged Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Gavin Short this week.

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Second shark attack in three months on Ascension Island

Daily Telegraph,Simon Pipe

A second serious shark attack has taken place on the remote British island of Ascension.

Kawika Matsu, a surfer who grew up in Hawaii, was attacked when he fell from his paddle board, 30 metres from the shore. Despite severe injuries, he was able to climb back on to the board to wait for rescue.

The attack happened on Tuesday in English Bay, where a British woman was badly bitten in April as her distraught children watched from the shore. Frankie Gonsalves was saved when her husband punched the shark and two St Helenian men swam out to pull her ashore.

No attacks on humans had previously been recorded in the remote UK territory, in the South Atlantic. Large numbers of sharks have begun coming close to shore since last year, apparently in search of fish.

Picture of Georgetown the main town on Ascension Island
Picture of Georgetown, the main town on Ascension Island

Mr Matsu, 37, was pulled from the water by the island rescue service. He was due to be flown to Florida on Thursday.

His older brother, Kai, said he worked as an air conditioning engineer on Ascension. “His contract was done. He was supposed to leave a few days before the attack but stayed a little longer.

“My brother was a strong swimmer. We grew up in Hawaii and are watermen – second generation surfers and very comfortable in the water. He was well aware of the amount of sharks there.”

Daniel Schempp, commander of the US Air Force unit on Ascension, set up an appeal fund for Mr Matsu, who he said was “like the water god… he seems invincible in the sea.” It was close to reaching its $5,000 (£3,800) target within 24 hours.

Major Schempp said: “He sustained critical bite wounds to his torso and is lucky to be alive, only kept so by the heroics of the small US and UK medical teams on island, and because of the donated blood supplies of volunteers.”

The island government warned swimmers to be careful after the April attack, but now says: “Entering the sea on Ascension must be avoided until further notice.”

The attack is a further blow to Ascension’s 800-strong community following the partial closure of its military runway in April. Tourists may be put off visiting when UK flights resume.

Frankie Gonsalves suffered injuries to her foot but has largely recovered. She is shortly to return to her child safeguarding job on St Helena.

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