Stranded Yogi on way home for Christmas

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A KINGS Clipstone dad who has been stranded in Cuba for weeks will board a plane tomorrow (Sunday) and make it home in time for Christmas.

Yogi Depass has been stranded in Santiago de Cuba since returning to help his mum recover from Superstorm Sandy which destroyed her home in November.

Despite having dual nationality, border officials detained Yogi because he did not have a Cuban passport and he has had to apply for the new documentation.

Local MP Mark Spencer raised the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions last week with David Cameron stating: “We are in regular contact with the Cuban authorities who have advised Mr Depass that he should expect to receive his Cuban passport this week which will enable him to travel.

“Ultimately this decision does rest with the Cuban authorities but British Embassy consular officials will continue to assist him and we will keep in touch with the Honourable Gentleman.”

But the 27-year-old has now received his passport and will board a plane to Birmingham on Sunday.

Yogi’s partner Leah Hall and their young daughter Jaylah had been desperate for Yogi to get home for Christmas and have been holding fundraising events to help pay for this plane ticket.

They will now both meet him at the airport on Christmas Eve.

Relieved Leah said: “I’ve spoken to him and he knows all his flight details.

“He should land in Birmingham at about midday on Christmas Eve so he’s cutting it quite fine but we’re just so relieved he’s home in time for Christmas.

“It will be the perfect Christmas now. He’s got away with a lot of present wrapping but I’m just so looking forward to him being home.”