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Family forced to sleep in car park after Kos earthquake

The Doyle family from Wiltshire on holiday in Kos Photo: Nikki Doyle

A family from Wiltshire have told ITV News they've been forced to sleep in a car park after being caught in the recent earthquake.

Two people have died and more than 120 were injured when the 6.7 magnitude quake struck parts of Turkey and Greece on Thursday night.

Buildings on Kos were damaged by the tremors, which prompted a small tsunami, flooding parts of the island.

People survey the damage caused by the earthquake on Kos Credit: PA

Matt and Nikki Doyle and their 14 year-old son, Corey who are from Stratton, were staying at the Kipriotis Village Resort on Kos when the earthquake struck.

It was terrifying. It sounded like a train coming through the room and, split seconds later, the walls and the ceilings were shaking. It was going absolutely mad. This happened three times within the space of a minute and we knew we had to get out

– Matt Doyle
The aftermath of the earthquake on Kos Credit: PA

The family say they were told to go to the carpark where they spent the night. They initially tried to book flights home but have decided to stay for the remainder of their holiday.

It was terrifying. People were screaming and no-one knew what to do. Thankfully we are all safe and we're just looking forward to coming home.

– Matt Doyle
The Doyle family slept outside their hotel on Kos Credit: Nikki Doyle

British holidaymakers directly affected by the earthquake off the Greek islands and Turkey are being advised to should contact their travel insurer or tour operator as soon as possible.

Rebecca Hollingsworth, policy adviser in general insurance at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said that if needed travel policies would provide cover for medical expenses linked to injuries sustained as a result. Some policies may also cover travel disruption.

Tourists leave their hotels after an earthquake hit parts of Turkey and the island of Kos Credit: PA