THE couple who survived a nightmare explosion on a ferry in Indonesia have arrived home in Portsmouth.
And although they are both battered, bruised and on crutches, Ed and Donna Emery are both feeling ‘incredibly lucky’.
The Southsea couple are now recuperating after the disaster, which was caused by a burst fuel line on their crossing from Bali to Lombok.
Donna, 38, said they were exhausted, but delighted to be back in the UK.
‘We’re very happy to be home,’ she said.
‘Everyone has been really amazing. It’s at times like these that people pull together and you realise how wonderful your friends and the people around you are.’
It feels like it happened to someone else.Ed Emery
Ed, 37, said the explosion now felt like a bad dream. He said: ‘It’s surreal. It feels like it happened to someone else.
‘What I didn’t understand was how the boat didn’t sink. There were guys with broken necks and 75 per cent burns. We were very lucky really.’
They were treated at a hospital in Bali, where they said the care was ‘wonderful’.
‘The nurses and the staff were all lovely,’ Donna said.
‘They all wanted to take photos with us and when we left they all waved us off. We must have been the last ones to leave.’
The couple’s insurance company arranged for an ambulance to pick them up from the airport after the 16-hour flight home.
Donna’s feet had swollen up and her toes were blue, so they were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham to have them seen to.
Donna said: ‘The guys in the ambulance were really funny and they kept our spirits up. They had to go out on an another job after they dropped us off, but later they came back to check on us.’
Donna has a broken heel, knee wound and bruises all over her body. Ed has a broken ankle and a laceration on his heel.
They both have stitches still to be removed, and will have time to recover before they start back at work.
Ed said: ‘The pain is almost gone, so now’s just rest and recovery.’
Donna said: ‘Everyone has made it nice and easy for us. We are both on crutches so takeaways are going to be on speed dial for the next few weeks.’