On Sunday I wrote about the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean with looting common on St. Maarten for instance tourists “hiding in their hotel bathtubs fearing for their lives” as “a gang of men with “long swords” who reportedly showed up at a hotel.”
Here’s another incredible story from St. Maarten where a hotel’s management told people staying on property that they were no longer guests they were refugees everyone had to work and band together.
- Guests used their room keys to identify each other and separate themselves from looters, “[p]eople with machetes, people with long sticks, pipes”
- With worries that they would be stuck indefinitely they set up for the long haul.
Under leadership of the resort’s entertainment director, they organized into recovery teams; clearing debris, rationing food, and caring for young children with no chance of rescue in sight.
“We potentially had a helicopter secured, and it was attacked by armed locals with guns, and they couldn’t land,” Lauren said.
…One doctor and a couple of medical students set up an infirmary — people were becoming dehydrated, and anyone with diabetes was running out of insulin. Food was available, but management locked up the alcohol to make sure no one got drunk and started fighting.
- The hotel secured a plane that they thought would ferry 99 people off the island. Everyone prepared to leave but it turned out the plane had seats for only 80. Women and children first, then men in order of descending age got the seats.
The hurricane was bad enough. The stories of the people — from the looters, to those banding together to survive — will soon become a movie of the week.