British woman missing in Fiji found safe and well at eco-resort

Composite showing Lydia Nicholson and group of children
Lydia O’Sullivan’s family had not heard from her since February 26 (Picture: PA)

A British woman who sparked an eight-day worldwide police hunt has been found safe and well.

Lydia O’Sullivan, 23, had not been in contact with her family since February 26 after letting them know she had arrived in the South Pacific island of Fiji.

Worried about her safety, her family spoke with Cumbria Police and an appeal to find her was launched.

But on Saturday morning, eight days after they last heard from her, the family was ‘elated’ when the Namosi Eco Retreat posted a photograph of the young woman on its Facebook page.

The post thanked Ms O’Sullivan for staying with them for the week. They wished her safe travels and said that ‘the village kids miss you already’.

Undated handout photo issued by Cumbria Police of Lydia O'Sullivan who has gone missing on the south Pacific island nation of Fiji. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday March 6, 2020. O?Sullivan, 23, has not been seen or heard from, for the past eight days. See PA story POLICE Fiji. Photo credit should read: Cumbria Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Cumbria Police issued a handout of Lydia O’Sullivan after her family reported her missing (Picture: Cumbria Police/PA )

Lydia, originally from Whitehaven, had been travelling and teaching English, most recently in Auckland New Zealand before leaving for Fiji.

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Learning Lydia was safe her sister Franciene Nicholson thanked police in the UK and on the island for going the ‘extra mile’ to find her.

Posting to Facebook Franciene said: ‘We are absolutely elated that Lydia O’sullivan has been found safe and well on an Eco retreat in the Fijian mountains.

‘My mother has just spoken to her and she is safe and well oblivious to the world search party looking for her.

Lydia O?Sullivan found in Fiji
Lydia was reported safe after the Namosi Eco Retreat posted on its Facebook page that it was thankful for all her help (Picture: PA)

‘We would like to thank the police forces in Fiji and England for their hard work and dedication to find Lydia.

‘But mostly we would like as a family to thank our amaxing (sic) friends and everyone that has sent well wishes and offers for help .

‘The Fijian people have been so kind ❤️ They all went the extra mile to help find Lydia .

‘Sometimes social media is portrayed in a negative light , but today is a great day for the power of Face book , positivity and community spirit it can bring.’

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