Escaping Libya on HMS Cumberland
26 February 2011 Last updated at 15:38 GMT
As unrest continues in much of Libya, 70 Britons have arrived in Malta after being evacuated by sea aboard HMS Cumberland.
Some of those on the ship contacted the BBC to share their stories of a "terrifying situation" in Libya and to express their thanks for the way they were cared for.
Maxine Mawhinney has the details.