Pontyberem man's plea to bring home trapped motorcyclist
A PONTYBEREM man hopes to be the driving force behind the UK return of one of his sporting heroes who is currently trapped in Dubai.
Philip Evans of Heol y Felin has started an online petition calling for the Government to assist in helping bring ex professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer Sean Emett from the United Arab Emirates city, which has already been signed by more than 8,000 people.
While on honeymoon in the city back in February, Mr Emett's newly-wed wife Abbie, 27, tragically fell to her death from the balcony of their fourth-floor hotel suite, the incident later deemed an accident by a British coroner.
When Mr Emmett returned to Dubai Police Station to sign release papers for his wife's body, 28 micrograms of alcohol was found in his breath — illegal for anyone in public in Dubai, as alcohol must only be consumed in licensed premises.
He was fined 2,000 dirham — or £340 — for drinking alcohol without a licence and his passport was seized back in March, with police claming they had not finished investigating.
Mr Evans, who has been following Sean's career for 20 years, said his bid to help Mr Emett came after a message on Twitter.
"I am a big motorbike fan, I always have been, and I remember him in the peak of his career being as good as the likes of Valentino Rossi," Mr Evans said.
"I have been following him on Twitter and just last week I sent him a tweet and asked him how everything is going. He said he was still out there.
"I said right, I'm going to help you and I applied for a petition to the Government. It's going up and up and is nearly at 1,500 signatures a day.
"I was hoping I would get a good response but the response has been totally overwhelming and it is crazy how it has taken off."
Mr Evans, who served for the Royal Navy for 16 years as a petty officer, went to Dubai often and said he could relate to the isolation that he is in.
The 41-year-old added that Mr Emett has not even been able to return home and mourn for his wife — missing her cremation.
"I have been keeping in extremely close contact with him, and he is thanking me on a daily basis — he said 'you're amazing Phil for the help and support," Mr Evans said.
"He said he promises that the beer will be on him when he gets back."
To sign Philip's petition head to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55031 or join the Facebook group Help Sean Emmett