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Cape Coral church group returns home after delays due to protests in Haiti

Posted at 6:14 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 06:54:16-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Most of those on a missionary trip to Haiti are back in Southwest Florida after getting stranded on the island during violent protests. 

The group is from Cape Christian Fellowship. The church says nine of the 17 members returned home Monday afternoon.

According to a Facebook post, 10 adults and 7 high schoolers were in the group.

They were delivering supplies to a small village outside of Port Au Prince.

The group was supposed to return home Saturday, July 7th, but protests erupted on the island amid high gas prices and caused several flights to get canceled. 

Protesters took to the street despite the government's announcement that they would suspend the price hike.

Haitians blocked streets and damaged stores. 

The church says Senator Marco Rubio helped get their members back home by getting the state department involved.

Three of church members flew into Southwest International Airport just before midnight on Monday. 

Eight more members are scheduled to return home Tuesday afternoon.