Lauren Boyle’s dad stuck in Siberia


Lauren Boyle has yet to hear whether her father will arrive in Glasgow in time to see her opening race.

Allan Boyle was on Virgin Atlantic flight VS251 from Shanghai to London which was forced to make an emergency landing in Irkutsk, Russia, after the Airbus A346 developed “a technical issue”.

He and his partner, Tracey Berkahn, are now among 283 people stuck in Siberia – waiting on an alternative flight to be arranged to Heathrow Airport before heading to watch his daughter compete in the women’s 200 metres freestyle heats and final on Thursday.


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