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9/11: How the Boating Community Came Together To Help

On this day, our condolences go out to those who lost loved ones, friends or family members in the tragic events of 9/11. While many people sacrificed their lives to save others on the land, many also took the responsibility of doing what they could to help those who were trapped in Lower Manhattan.

Hundreds of boats came together to pull off the largest boat evacuation in history. Together, they rescued over half a million people who were stuck in Manhattan and had no other way off the island. It started with just a few private and commercial boats along with the Coast Guard. But with radio broadcasts calling for assistance, boats from nearby and far areas came to the coastline of the island to pick up survivors. As mentioned in the video, in World War II, the Allied Forces evacuated around 300,000 soldiers in 9 days, but on 9/11, the boating community who had no obligation to help came together to rescue over half a million people in just 9 hours!

To learn more about this story and how this massive effort came together, be sure to watch this short documentary titled “BOATLIFT”:

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