Sep
10
Bahamas Paradise cruise ship takes first responders to islands, brings back evacuees


>>Neki: SO MANY PEOPLE WAITING
TO HEAR ANY WORD. TO HEAR ANY WORD.
CHRISTIAN DELAROSA IN THE CHRISTIAN DELAROSA IN THE
BAHAMAS, THANK YOU. BAHAMAS, THANK YOU.
WE CONTINUE WITH LOUIE. WE CONTINUE WITH LOUIE.
>>Clay: HE JUST RETURNED ON>>Clay: HE JUST RETURNED ON
A CRUISE SHIP THAT DELIVERED A CRUISE SHIP THAT DELIVERED
SUPPLIES. SUPPLIES.
WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN OVER THE LAST WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN OVER THE LAST
TWO DAYS? TWO DAYS?
>>Reporter: SHEER AND UTTER>>Reporter: SHEER AND UTTER
DEVASTATION AND THIS CRUISE SHIP DEVASTATION AND THIS CRUISE SHIP
DID MORE THAN JUST DELIVER. DID MORE THAN JUST DELIVER.
THEY EVACUATED 800 FROM GRAND THEY EVACUATED 800 FROM GRAND
BAHAMAS. BAHAMAS.
WHEN YOU TAKE IN TO THE ACCOUNT WHEN YOU TAKE IN TO THE ACCOUNT
THE DEVASTATION, YOU CAN SEE THE DEVASTATION, YOU CAN SEE
WHY. WHY.
THERE ARE 70000 HOMELESS PEOPLE THERE ARE 70000 HOMELESS PEOPLE
ON GRAND BAHAMAS AND THERE IS ON GRAND BAHAMAS AND THERE IS
NOTHING. NOTHING.
NO RUNNING WATER OR ELECTRICITY. NO RUNNING WATER OR ELECTRICITY.
FOOD AND WATER ARE HARD TO COME FOOD AND WATER ARE HARD TO COME
BY. BY.
STILL A WEEK AFTER. STILL A WEEK AFTER.
SO THEY WERE VERY, VERY HAPPY TO SO THEY WERE VERY, VERY HAPPY TO
BE GRANTED FREE PASSAGE AND HATS BE GRANTED FREE PASSAGE AND HATS
OFF AND SO MUCH FOR THE GRAND OFF AND SO MUCH FOR THE GRAND
BAHAMAS CRUISE LINE. BAHAMAS CRUISE LINE.
IT WAS ABLE TO BRING WITH THEM IT WAS ABLE TO BRING WITH THEM
TO GRAND BAHAMAS, BAHAMAS THAT TO GRAND BAHAMAS, BAHAMAS THAT
WERE DESPERATE TO GET HOME. WERE DESPERATE TO GET HOME.
>>IT FEELS GREAT TO BE BACK>>IT FEELS GREAT TO BE BACK
HOME. HOME.
>>THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT>>THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT
DEVASTATION THEY WILL FINE BUT DEVASTATION THEY WILL FINE BUT
THEY ARE HAPPY TO BE AT HOME. THEY ARE HAPPY TO BE AT HOME.
>>WE GOT TO GO HOME TO WHATEVER>>WE GOT TO GO HOME TO WHATEVER
IS LEFT OF OUR HOMES IN THE IS LEFT OF OUR HOMES IN THE
BAHAMAS, WE WANT TO BE THERE. BAHAMAS, WE WANT TO BE THERE.
>>DOZENS ABLE TO HITCH A FREE>>DOZENS ABLE TO HITCH A FREE
RIDE BACK TO THE HURRICANE RIDE BACK TO THE HURRICANE
RAVAGED ISLAND THANKS TO THE RAVAGED ISLAND THANKS TO THE
BAHAMAS CRUISE LINE THAT TURNED BAHAMAS CRUISE LINE THAT TURNED
THE GRAND CELEBRATION TO THE GRAND CELEBRATION TO
A MASSIVE RELIEF VESSEL. A MASSIVE RELIEF VESSEL.
>>IT IS THE SHIP OF HOPE AND>>IT IS THE SHIP OF HOPE AND
BRINGS THE HOME AND EMPATHY AND BRINGS THE HOME AND EMPATHY AND
SUPPORT TO GRAND BAHAMAS. SUPPORT TO GRAND BAHAMAS.
>>Reporter: ON BOARD, 500>>Reporter: ON BOARD, 500
VOLUNTEERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND VOLUNTEERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND
DOCTORS AND NURSES AND EVERY DAY DOCTORS AND NURSES AND EVERY DAY
PEOPLE CARRYING TONS OF AID AND PEOPLE CARRYING TONS OF AID AND
FOOD AND WATER FOR THOUSANDS FOOD AND WATER FOR THOUSANDS
THAT NEED IT. THAT NEED IT.
>>MEDICAL EMERGENCY.>>MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
>>WE HAVE A LOT OF THE BAHAMAS>>WE HAVE A LOT OF THE BAHAMAS
WHO HAVE BABIES. WHO HAVE BABIES.
>>Reporter: WORD HAD SPREAD.>>Reporter: WORD HAD SPREAD.
THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP SINCE THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP SINCE
DORIAN DOCKED AT FREE PORT AND DORIAN DOCKED AT FREE PORT AND
OFFERING A FREE RIDE. OFFERING A FREE RIDE.
THERE IS ONLY ROOM FOR 1500. THERE IS ONLY ROOM FOR 1500.
>>PEOPLE ARE BECOMING>>PEOPLE ARE BECOMING
AGGRESSIVE AND TEMPERS ARE AGGRESSIVE AND TEMPERS ARE
STARTING TO FLARE AND IT IS STARTING TO FLARE AND IT IS
BECOMING OUT OF THE CONTROL AND BECOMING OUT OF THE CONTROL AND
THEY ARE NOT TAKING MORE NAMES. THEY ARE NOT TAKING MORE NAMES.
>>WE FOUND A NURSE FROM FT.>>WE FOUND A NURSE FROM FT.
LAUDERDALE WHO CAME IN FOR LAUDERDALE WHO CAME IN FOR
A FUNERAL AND SPENT DAYS JUST A FUNERAL AND SPENT DAYS JUST
TRYING TO GET HOME. TRYING TO GET HOME.
>>SEEING SO MANY PEOPLE>>SEEING SO MANY PEOPLE
STRUGGLING AND FIGHTING AND STRUGGLING AND FIGHTING AND
HUNGRY AND HOT, YOU KNOW, IT IS HUNGRY AND HOT, YOU KNOW, IT IS
A LOT. A LOT.
>>Reporter: WE FOLLOWED THE>>Reporter: WE FOLLOWED THE
RELIEF CONVOY AND HOT MEALS AT RELIEF CONVOY AND HOT MEALS AT
THE HIGH SCHOOL TURNED SHELTER. THE HIGH SCHOOL TURNED SHELTER.
>>WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL.>>WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL.
>>Reporter: FURTHER EAST WE GO>>Reporter: FURTHER EAST WE GO
THE WORSE THE DEVASTATION. THE WORSE THE DEVASTATION.
>>THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WAS UNDER>>THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WAS UNDER
12- 14 FEET OF WATER AND THAT IS 12- 14 FEET OF WATER AND THAT IS
A MASSIVE STORM SURGE THAT A MASSIVE STORM SURGE THAT
IMPACTED THE ISLAND. IMPACTED THE ISLAND.
THEY RODE OUT THE STORM IN THE THEY RODE OUT THE STORM IN THE
ATTIC WHEN THE MASSIVE STORM ATTIC WHEN THE MASSIVE STORM
SENT THE SEA GUSHING IN THEIR SENT THE SEA GUSHING IN THEIR
HOME. HOME.
>>YOU WERE UP THERE 36 HOURS.>>YOU WERE UP THERE 36 HOURS.
>>YES, SIR.>>YES, SIR.
>>YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING HERE.>>YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING HERE.
>>BUT THERE IS HOPE AND>>BUT THERE IS HOPE AND
GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE.
THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND PAYING THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND PAYING
ATTENTION AND RESOLVED TO ATTENTION AND RESOLVED TO
HELPING THE PEOPLE IN ANY WAY HELPING THE PEOPLE IN ANY WAY
POSSIBLE. POSSIBLE.
THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
WAS PALPABABLE ABOUT THE DAY ON WAS PALPABABLE ABOUT THE DAY ON
GRAND BAHAMAS. GRAND BAHAMAS.
THE ENORMOUS GRATITUDE FOR THE THE ENORMOUS GRATITUDE FOR THE
PEOPLE HELPING THEM AND THE PEOPLE HELPING THEM AND THE
CRUISE SHIP AND CRUISE LINE THAT CRUISE SHIP AND CRUISE LINE THAT
MADE SO MUCH HAPPEN YESTERDAY. MADE SO MUCH HAPPEN YESTERDAY.
A LOT OF BAHAMAS PEOPLE ON BOARD A LOT OF BAHAMAS PEOPLE ON BOARD
OF THE SHIP, THEY WILL COME TO OF THE SHIP, THEY WILL COME TO
SOUTH FLORIDA AND CATCH THEIR SOUTH FLORIDA AND CATCH THEIR
BREATHE AND ENJOY HOT SHOWERS AS BREATHE AND ENJOY HOT SHOWERS AS
THEY CAN AND HOT MEALS AND THEY CAN AND HOT MEALS AND
COMING BACK WITH BUILDING COMING BACK WITH BUILDING
MATERIALS AND HELP REBUILD THEIR MATERIALS AND HELP REBUILD THEIR
HOME LAND AND THEY KNOW THAT THE HOME LAND AND THEY KNOW THAT THE
BAHAMAS WILL COME BACK. BAHAMAS WILL COME BACK.
THEY ARE STRONG RESILIENT PEOPLE THEY ARE STRONG RESILIENT PEOPLE
AND PEOPLE OF BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT. AND PEOPLE OF BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT.
WE ARE LIVE ON BOARD OF THE WE ARE LIVE ON BOARD OF THE
GRAND CELEBRATION IN THE PORT OF GRAND CELEBRATION IN THE PORT OF
PALM BEACH, LOCAL TEN NEWS. PALM BEACH, LOCAL TEN NEWS.
>>Neki: WE SAW YOU BROUGHT A>>Neki: WE SAW YOU BROUGHT A
LOT OF THE PEOPLE OVER YOU. LOT OF THE PEOPLE OVER YOU.
HOW MANY DID YOU LEAVE BEHIND? HOW MANY DID YOU LEAVE BEHIND?
>>Reporter: THE PROBLEM WAS>>Reporter: THE PROBLEM WAS
NOT EVERYBODY WHO WAS AT THE NOT EVERYBODY WHO WAS AT THE
PORT HAD THE DOCUMENTATION. PORT HAD THE DOCUMENTATION.
THEY HAD TO HAVE PROOF THAT THEY THEY HAD TO HAVE PROOF THAT THEY
HAD NO CRIMINAL RECORD. HAD NO CRIMINAL RECORD.
SO NOT EVERYONE ON THE PORT WAS SO NOT EVERYONE ON THE PORT WAS
ABLE TO GET ON THE SHIP. ABLE TO GET ON THE SHIP.
WE DON’T HAVE ESTIMATES OF HOW WE DON’T HAVE ESTIMATES OF HOW
MANY JOCKEYING FOR POSITION. MANY JOCKEYING FOR POSITION.
THEY HAD ROOM FOR 1500 AND ONLY THEY HAD ROOM FOR 1500 AND ONLY
LEP HUNDRED MADE IT ON THE SHIP LEP HUNDRED MADE IT ON THE SHIP
YESTERDAY.