Irish PR boss Valerie Roe 'paralysed' by fear after she was caught up in Nice terror attacks
Published 15/07/2016 | 11:55
Irish PR agency owner Valerie Roe has revealed her devastation after she was caught up in the Nice attacks last night.
She was returning to her hotel, the Radisson Blu on the Promenade des Anglais last night when she and husband Denis Flannelly witnessed a scene of utter chaos.
“We were driving back to our hotel last night and we just caught the end of the fireworks as we were coming in. We just saw loads of people running towards the car, screaming. We had no clue what was going on. It was just mayhem,” she told the Herald.
“Denis got out of the car and spoke to the hotel concierge and he told us to go straight up to the room and stay there. Nobody had a clue what was happening. You could just see all the ambulances driving around and hear sirens going off.
“We went up to the balcony and could see everything going on so we stayed up watching it all on the news. There was some scaremongering then about hostages in hotels and everyone was saying just stay in your room. I was just paralysed in the bed.
“This morning, the staff in the hotel were ringing everyone in their rooms to see they got back safely.”
She said that this morning, the mood in Nice was one of shock and disbelief as news of the tragedy sank in.
“There’s army everywhere, army boats going up and down the seafront. The streets and beaches are totally empty. There’s a horrible calm here today. I just feel sick. I’m devastated for their families and those kids that died. I just can’t imagine what’s happened, it’s beyond belief,” she said.
She’s over there with her teenage son Josh, who’s attending a tennis academy some 30 minutes drive away – but she’s keen to leave as soon as she can.
Aer Lingus has now laid on an extra flight from Nice Airport and she’s hoping to fly her family to safety tomorrow.