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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Honeymoon couple help bomb victims
John McCreanor
Mr McCreanor helped relatives of the dead and injured
A British couple sacrificed their honeymoon in Bali to help the rescue effort following the bomb blast.

Policeman John McCreanor, 29, and doctor Eugenie McCreanor, 31, from Darlington, offered their help after Saturday's bombing which killed more than 180 people.

When they discovered the scale of the carnage they went along to the hospital in Denpasar where they helped relatives of those killed or missing following the blast.

Mr McCreanor said with their training, they knew straightaway they would be able to do something to help out.


It is just very upsetting. It is really catching up with us. We are shattered and overwhelmed

John McCreanor

He told BBC Newcastle: "We were actually asleep when it happened on Saturday night. When we first heard about it on Sunday morning the scale wasn't being reported.

"When we watched the news on Sunday evening we found the scale was much more severe. We got through to the British Consulate on Monday morning and they gave us contact numbers for a couple of hospitals.

"We called the hospital in Denpasar and they said they would appreciate us coming down which we did. With the jobs we do, we felt we could offer our skills for people in need."

Most of the medical side of things had already been dealt with and so the couple supported the friends and relatives of those missing or deceased.

They helped them fill in forms, look through lists of those who had died and identify bodies with photos.

'Vast job'

Mr McCreanor is a beat officer with Durham Police and is based in Chiltern, near Newton Aycliffe.

His wife is training to be a GP and is currently based at North Riding Infirmary, in Middlesbrough.

They were married on 5 October and arrived in Bali two days later. They are planning to fly back on Friday.

Mr McCreanor said: "I think when something of this nature happens you do feel as though you need to help.

"It was a vast job. It was chaotic, becoming more organised as days went on.

"There were volunteers from all different countries, all walks of life, all pulling together. There are people who have put a tremendous effort in. We were just a very small part of it.

"It is just very upsetting. It is really catching up with us. We are shattered and overwhelmed."

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