Bourne Grammar School pupils among the last to leave New York before superstorm Sandy strikes

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Pupils from Bourne narrowly escaped being trapped in New York as superstorm Sandy hit the city yesterday (Monday).

A group of 17 art and drama pupils from Bourne Grammar School on a five day cultural trip caught one of the last flights out of New York on Sunday evening.

On Monday New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and Newark in New Jersey were all closed as rising flood waters washed across parts of the city.

So far more than 13,000 flights along the East coast of the United States have been cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, which has now been downgraded to a “post-tropical superstorm.”

Secretary of Bourne Grammar PTFA Barbara Spiller said: “They were able to catch their scheduled light and have all got back safe and sound and arrived back at the school on Monday morning.

“They were certainly very lucky to get out the way of it.”

The visit was the first trans-Atlantic trip Bourne Grammar School has run.

The pupils visited theatres on Broadway, the Brooklyn area and various art museums.