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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 200 Canadians have been stranded in Wilmington for almost 24 hours.

The group was on the way to Montreal when a medical emergency diverted their plane to Wilmington International Airport.

Alain Lavoie was headed home from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. He’s remained in good spirits and says he’s blown away by the southern hospitality.

“The staff on duty and the volunteers here were amazing,” he said. “This morning, they brought us food, drinks and chairs. They were always willing to help us if we had any questions.

The group stayed at a Wilmington hotel last night. They were set to fly out this evening and should arrive in Montreal by seven.

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