Three British lads claim they ended up in war-torn Syria after a night out when they got on the wrong boat in Cyprus.
The club reps say they boarded what they thought was a dolphin-watching boat yesterday in Ayia Napa – and only realised halfway through the 100-mile trip.
According to their story, they were met by baffled Russian military police in Tartus just 50 miles from the battle-scarred city of Homs.
Lewis Ellis, 25, from Manchester, Alex McCormick, 19, from Colchester in Essex, and James Wallman, 23, from Hertfordshire, say they finally got home this afternoon more than 24 hours after their bizarre adventure began.
Lewis told the Mirror Online: “The last club closed at 7.30am so we just powered through to our 9am boat trip and ended up blagging our way onto the wrong boat.
“We were wearing boardshorts, hungover, looking like we were ready for a boat party.
“Everyone was foreign and it was pretty much half way out from the island when we asked ‘how come we’re so far away from land?'”
Alex added: “We got pretty far out and at that point we were looking at each other thinking ‘what the f*** do we do now?’.
“We were panicking and saying to these guys ‘you need to turn around’.
“After hours and hours we turned up in this place and we were like ‘what the f***, where are we?”
The trio said they were told to stay on the boat at first before being driven into a Russian military base.
They claim they still had no clue where they were until one of them was able to post on Facebook and the app revealed their location.
Alex added: “Eventually we found a translator and when we told him he just fell about laughing.
“We hung round in their quarters and they took pictures of us before we could get the boat back.”
The boys say they’re now the laughing stock of their resort – but Alex’s mum is not impressed.
He said: “I told her and she was like ‘what the s*** have you done, what’s the matter with you?’. She is not best pleased. But it’s one to tell the kids one day.”
Russia does have a naval base in the port of Tartus, which is one of Syria’s few gateways to the Mediterranean.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s brutal civil war, and by the rise of Daesh who have claimed the country as their base.
This comes after one lad woke up in Barcelona after a messy night out in Essex – some 900 miles away.