The Lay family of Maple Ridge. (files)

UPDATE: B.C. family makes its way to Bali after second earthquake on Indonesian island

Second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok.

A Maple Ridge family has managed to make their way to Bali after being stuck on the Indonesian island of Lombok following a 7.0 earthquake that has killed close to 100 people.

“We have made it on a very crowded boat headed to Bali,” Jennifer Montgomery-Lay wrote on her Facebook blog, called Life All Over the Map.

“Never felt so grateful and yet so sad to leave paradise,” she wrote.

Montgomery-Lay expected the boat ride to take about five hours and thanked everyone for sharing her family’s story, praying for them and loving them as they make their trek home.

She asked her followers to please continue to send support to those still stuck on the island.

earthquake

Montgomery-Lay started an online blog to detail the trials and tribulations the family has faced since her daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Logan Lay was diagnosed June 3, 2005, when she was eight years old. She went through seven years of solid treatment. She did three different cycles of chemotherapy and had full brain and spine radiation, as well as multiple surgeries.

The family embarked on trip earlier this year after Logan’s doctors told the family that she was not responding to chemotherapy any more, Montgomery-Lay wrote in February.

On Aug. 4, she said the she, her husband, 14-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter are stuck in Lombok after the earthquake.

“We are safe,” she said.

“But, yes, we have been hit by a 7.0 earthquake and it was scary as hell.”

A powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn’t reached some devastated areas and the death toll would climb, according to the Canadian Press.

It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok. A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening’s magnitude 7.0 temblor, killing those inside.

“As far as we know the epicentre was about 40-km from where we are located,” Montgomery-Lay wrote of the second one.

“There was a lot of damage to our hotel, but only minor injuries (thank the dear Lord).

“We have lost power and been evacuated from our hotel.

“A tsunami warning was issued. (But there are reports it is being lifted.)

“We are still feeling aftershocks apparently there have been 16. (Now over 100.)

“At this point we are unclear what will happen next.”

She said the family is shaken and upset.

“No one is leaving the gathering station – yet …

“Once it is safe, we may try to go to the airport and get on any flight we can to either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and make our way back to Bangkok to catch our flight home. We’ve tried calling the airlines and can’t get through. We have very limited service, no Wi-fi and only one phone with data access.”

Montgomery-Lay said most flights are already full.

“Apparently there is damage to Bali airport as well, but all info we have is hearsay at this point.

“We will do our best to keep you all posted as we can. Much love.”

 

The Lays are stuck on the Indonesian island of Lombok. (Life All Over the Map blog).

Just Posted

LSS improv program gives students an opportunity to be themselves and entertain others

The Ladysmith Secondary School improv program has planned two weeks of shows for the community

New Sonic the Hedgehog trailer shows off Ladysmith and new character animation

At long last, Sonic the Hedgehog will hit theatres on February 14

Diamond District woman warns against the use of rat poison

At some point between breakfast and lunch Martin had suddenly collapsed and died

Calling all believers: Chemainus Theatre Festival runs Miracle on 34th Street

Opening night is Friday, November 15, and closing is December 29

Remembering Jack Neil, ace fighter pilot and father

Remembrance Day is an opportunity for John Neil to remember his father, Jack

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Batten down the hatches: Wet and windy weekend on the way for coastal B.C.

Environment Canada issues special weather warning for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

UBC conference draws fire over speaker from Chinese tech company blacklisted in U.S.

The company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. over links to the repression of China’s Muslim minority

Most Read