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Rockport couple stranded in Morocco due to COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020
Marsha Steinglass of Rockport, traveling in Morocco with her husband, Vic, has been unable to return to Maine, due to flights cancelled as a result of the coronavirus.

Rockport — State Representative Victoria Doudera, D-Camden, is working to help two of her District 94 constituents and longtime friends who are stranded overseas due to COVID-19.

Vic and Marsha Steinglass of Rockport, 74 and 73 years old respectively, are unable to return to Maine from Morocco as airlines there have cancelled flights to the U.S.

The couple arrived in Marrakech, Morocco on March 3 from the city of Praia in the Republic of Cabo Verde, a chain of islands located 350 miles west of Dakar, Senegal. Since their arrival they have twice booked flights home – first into JFK, and then into Montreal – but all flights were cancelled.

Doudera spoke earlier today to Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office in Washington regarding the couple’s situation. Staffer Rona Fayed said that the American Embassy in Morocco and the State Department have asked the Moroccan government to let U.S. citizens return home. Sen. Susan Collins’ office in Bangor said they will reach out to the Embassy as well.

Doudera is corresponding with the Steinglasses via email and says their spirits seem good, considering the circumstances. “Marsha says that the streets are fairly empty, even the Médina, which is usually teeming with people. The King has closed down most businesses, except for food and pharmacies, and most people are wearing masks and gloves.”

Vic and Marsha Steinglass are longtime residents of Rockport, where Vic practiced as a veterinarian at Camden Hospital for Animals and Marsha worked as a real estate agent. “They are well-known and well-loved fixtures in our community,” Doudera said. “I’m hoping that by publicizing their plight, someone may have a connection that can help get them home.”

Doudera serves the towns of Camden, Islesboro and Rockport. She can be reached at Victoria.Doudera@legislature.maine.gov.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Dorrie Getchell | Mar 21, 2020 11:35

To Mr, Carroll:: so very sad on outlook.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 20, 2020 12:08

And I thought I had it tough not being able to sit in DD's for an hour or so.

 

 



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Mar 20, 2020 10:44

First let me say I have know Vic & Marsha Steinglass for many years and everyone can agree they are very nice people. Very nice retired rich people with a million dollar home overlooking Rockport harbor.  Please forgive me if I do NOT see their "plight" to return home as an emergency.  They seem to be quite comfortable in Morroco as a matter of fact there are many out of work with no money coming in families that I am sure would like to be in their place right now.  It is extremely difficult to feel sorry for them when thousands are sick, dying or at the least out of work, at home with no prospects of any financial help coming.  Our country is crippled fighting a global pandemic and a historic economic collapse, so if you are missing your cozy home and feeding your cats then hire one of the out of work locals to feed them and send you pictures of what it's really like back home.  There is a good reason we have canceled flights from other countries.  Had we done so two months ago we would not be in the "plight" we are in today.



Posted by: Sam Charlton | Mar 20, 2020 09:12

I'm so sorry to hear this. Hopefully they can return home soon.

We were quite worried about our daughter, a former Courier reported, Amy.

She just returned this morning from Aruba. They are limiting flights in to Aruba to residents, exit as of yesterday was OK. The pandemic crisis occurred during her time there. The island was vacant after the pandemic was declared, they weren't anxious to scramble for the few flights out at that time, they practiced safe distance, beaches to themselves, walked, saw the island's beauty, and flew back on their scheduled flight.  Glad they are home safe.



Posted by: Jay Feyler | Mar 20, 2020 08:12

I hope things work out for them, but it begs the questions as to why you are traveling across the globe in the first place?



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