Brits ‘high on weed’ on Bob Marley tour ‘attempt to jump off moving cargo van in paranoia’ terrifies visitors

The BRITISH tourist allegedly tried to grab the handbrake of a moving coach and jump out of the car while suffering from meltdown paranoia after smoking weed during Bob Marley’s tour of Jamaica.

Holidaymakers talked about how they thought they would die when a mother and daughter allegedly plowed into the driver while on a bus during their TUI holiday to the Caribbean.

Bob Marley's house and mausoleum is the main tourist attraction in Jamaica


Bob Marley’s house and mausoleum is the main tourist attraction in JamaicaCredit: Viator

The couple from Essex are said to have smoked weed and ate rum cakes before boarding their car back to their hotel in Montenegro Bay.

Witnesses described to The Sun Online that the couple became increasingly agitated to the point that they started screaming about how they were “kidnapped”.

And to complicate matters further, social media posts by the family during the melee falsely accusing them of being “sex-trafficked” went viral.

These posts eventually went viral like wildfire on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The daughter has since posted on Instagram that the family is safe and that the matter was just a “misunderstanding”.

But angry massgoers have told The Sun Online how effective the viral posts are Jamaica a bad name, and say they want to fix the “trash” that’s been circulating on social media.

The weed is thought to have triggered a period of paranoia – which culminated in the mother and daughter attempting to wrestle the driver, pull the handbrake and jump out of the moving vehicle on Tuesday.

The bus was carrying tourists from the UK on a coach trip to visit Dunns Falls and Bob Marley’s house on the sunlit island.

It ended up scaring visitors at their resort after a 90-minute ride from hell – with the driver being hailed as a “hero” for keeping his cool.

The mother and daughter are said to have smoked together at the Bob Marley museum in Nine Mile – the last stop of the tour.

And before boarding the bus, the mother is said to have started claiming there was a plot to “kidnap” them.

What followed was chaos as the bus attempted to navigate its winding 60-mile trip back to the Bay of Montenegro while the mother and daughter were said to become increasingly erratic.

Things got so bad they even thought the other British tourists on the bus were involved in the “conspiracy”.

Darrell Smith, who was boarding a bus with his wife Jemma, told The Sun Online how he turned to her and said “I love you” when he was even though they were dying.

“I think this might be the last time we say that,” he said.

The couple were on the same tour of Bob Marley, but spoke at a separate hotel from the family.

The guests had to pin down the mother and eldest child when they almost crashed the bus


He said the tour group had a “wonderful day” together as they explored the countryside.

But things changed dramatically when they got back on the bus after touring the Nine Mile.

Darrell said the women became increasingly delusional and tried to break down the bus door while it was still moving – traveling at up to 60 mph.

He continued: “The mother started screaming ‘stop the bus’ when we overpowered her, and the daughter jumped over the front seat and tried to pull the handbrake.”

“I actually grabbed her leg and pulled her back – but then she pushed against the bus door again.

“Luckily the door didn’t open to the outside, otherwise we would both be gone.”

Mr Smith said that he and another passenger ended up having to detain two of them out of fear for their lives.

And at one point, the mother is said to have opened the bus window and tried to jump out.

But she bumped her head, leaving her with a bloodstain on her eye.

Bob Marley is a cultural icon in Jamaica


Bob Marley is a cultural icon in JamaicaCredit: Getty – Contributor

“It’s not the fault of the weeds – it’s the fault of the weeds that caused something,” he told The Sun Online.

Jemma added: “I thought I was going to die. It was such a bad thing.”

She continued: “Their story about the kidnapping was shared thousands of times in a matter of hours – it should have been taken down.

“People saw it and thought it was terrible, but we were actually there – it didn’t happen.”

The stepmother and daughter were accompanied by other family members, who are said to have tried to reassure them.

Another holidaymaker, who asked not to be named, told The Sun Online: “It was the scariest trip of my life.”

She also dismissed her daughter’s claims on social media that it was a “misunderstanding” – instead calling it a “drug lie”.

She told The Sun Online: ‘The guests had to pin the mother and eldest child down when they almost crashed into the bus.

“They yelled at their youngest daughter to pull the handbrake. We’re literally on the edge of a cliff.”

She added: “It’s so wrong that information like this gives Jamaica and their hotel a bad name when they do nothing but try to keep them safe.”

Both passengers on the bus praised the holiday agent and driver for bringing them back to safety, saying they were heroes.

And another British tourist, who was staying in the same hotel as the family, said: “They had some weed and rum and lost the plot.”

The family has returned to the UK – and declined to comment when approached by The Sun Online.

TUI confirmed it was investigating the incident and said there was “no evidence” of the family’s claims of viral abduction.

A TUI spokesman said: “We take reports of this nature seriously and have continued to be in contact with the family and will continue to provide our full support.”

Essex Police told The Sun Online they were aware of the reports and were in contact with the family. Brits ‘high on weed’ on Bob Marley tour ‘attempt to jump off moving cargo van in paranoia’ terrifies visitors


DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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