Wisconsin family, friends stuck in Peru amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 8:57 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 13:41:40-04

PERU — A group of family and friends from Wisconsin are stuck in Peru and cannot get back. They are pleading for help from the U.S. government.

TMJ4 News was able to speak with them over FaceTime. Peru abruptly shut its borders with little notice.

The trip had been in the works for almost a year. A stop to see the sights in Peru, then on to a wedding in Brazil. But as this Milwaukee and Madison-area family sat on a tour bus, the shocking news hit.

"He booked it back, it was about a two-and-a-half-hour ride. He did it in [one-hour-45-minutes]. We went to the hotel, packed our stuff up in 5 minutes," said Mark Sprague.

Flights were canceled or overbooked with no extra planes. Now, they're stuck in their hotel, worried about money and dwindling resources.

"We have to buy bottled water, we can't do laundry. Well, we can but it's expensive, aside from washing your clothes in the shower or sink," said Maggie Sprague.

"At this point, we're looking for the U.S. government to do something. We need a humanitarian flight, I'm not looking for a free ride, we need the flight," said Mark.

President Trump spoke about the situation in Peru, although it was unclear if he was referring to this family.

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