I do not watch much TV so this may have been all over the place on the 9/11 anniversary. I only became aware of this when my 90 year old father emailed it to me last night.
On the day the Twin Towers collapsed, New Yorkers were trapped on lower Manhattan. A single call went out from the Coast Guard for assistance in evacuating nearly half a million people. That one call yielded “everything that could float.” This civilian flotilla of ferries, tug boats, yachts and other vessels came together at the World Trade Center site in the largest boatlift in history – greater than the one at Dunkirk during World War II.
People were plucked from the water, disabled people carried, fuel was shared freely and no one was left behind. In the words of the Captain of the Amberjack V (a charter yacht) who responded to the call, “I never want to say the word ‘I should have’.”
The Amberjack V was not the only hero of the day, but Anthony L of Brooklyn posted comments on Yelp! which are worth passing along.
I have no connection to the Amberjack V, but felt compelled to provide this link regarding the story about her (and her Captain’s) role as first responders on 9/11/01.
Godspeed Captain Vincent Ardolino. Thank you for taking action in the face of uncertainty, confusion and chaos.
I was there on that terrible day, but didn’t escape by boat (I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge), but three very important women in my life were able to safely make it home thanks to the boatlift effort on 9/11. I didn’t know for hours that they were OK, and watching this video brings goosebumps to my arms, learning that you were running to save us, while we were running for safety.
It was a day that was supposed to tear America apart, but instead brought Americans together. In the words of the President of the Center for National Policy Stephen Flynn, “Our national DNA is resilience.”
For the full story on the Reuters Blog:
Good luck and Godspeed.
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