Hungover Brits 'travelled to Syria by mistake' - but did they?
THREE British men claim they accidentally travelled to Syria after they boarded the wrong boat while drunk in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
Lewis Ellis (25) Alex McCormick (19) and James Wallman (23) from the UK claim they went to watch dolphins to end a night of drinking and accidentally took a boat to war-stricken Syria.
“The last club closed at 7.30am so we just powered through to our 9am boat trip and ended up blagging our way on to the wrong boat,” Ellis told the Daily Mirror.
“I mean it was 8am and the last club had closed and we thought we can still go dolphin watching. We'll blag our way onto a boat and go dolphin watching," he said.
"So we blagged our way onto this random boat. And we're on there for f***ing hours before we realise that we aren't in Ayia Napa anymore so we start f***ing panicking a bit. We said to the crew, like, 'why are we so far from land? We're miles away and we've got no wi-fi'."
McCormick said: "We got pretty far out and at that point we were looking at each other thinking 'what the f*** do we do now? We were panicking and saying to these guys 'you need to turn around.'"
The three claim they arrived in Tartus in Syria and said they only found out what their location was when one of them posted a status update to Facebook and it was geotagged from Syria. They say they were deposited back to Cyprus yesterday afternoon by Russian soldiers.
The story seems to good to be true, but was picked up by much of the world's media.
Ellis later took to his Facebook page to share the media coverage of his ‘adventure’ and admitted the story was a prank.
“What a prank… we just made it up for fun,” he wrote.
Ellis is previously known to the media after filming himself swimming in a display pool at Manchester's Trafford Centre for his YouTube channel.