Numerous private groups, marine businesses and aid organizations have rallied to offer help
to the Bahamiam islands affected by Hurricane Dorian over the past several days.
Updates and reports have been compiled from a variety of sources and are listed here:
YachtAid Global has launched Operation Topaz and scheduled a first deployment to depart Nassau, Grand Bahama, at about 0600 on Wednesday if weather allows for travel to the Marsh Harbour area, according to Facebook posts.
“The flag ship will have search-and-rescue as well as disaster assistance response teams aboard with drone mapping and water depth scanning capabilities to ensure channels and berths are open to traffic. The flag ship will also carry mission-critical aid loaded in Nassau for survivors and is set up to make and pump ashore 300 gallons an hour of fresh water.”
According to a Facebook post, M/Y Loon is departing from Atlantis soon for Marsh Harbour with a team from YachtAid Global onboard.
“Our biggest mission is to save as many lives as possible by getting there as fast as possible,” according to a Facebook post from the yacht. “We can make close to 9,000g of water/day so we don’t need too many single-use water bottles. Medical supplies, hygiene products, tarps, and sleeping cots are the priorities right now.”
One follower replied: “Lots and lots of tarps, and chainsaws. Debris is choking the roads and making rescue slow or impossible, especially on GTC [Green Turtle Cay].”
National Marine Suppliers is working with several boats that will ferry supplies to The Bahamas as soon as conditions enable.
“We have a couple of boats staged and ready to go,” said Tom Rowe, director of marketing and business development. “National Marine Suppliers is standing by to receive goods by Wednesday morning. We will sort, palletize, and get things ready to go to The Bahamas,” Rowe said.The company is accepting supplies for initial recovery efforts, not bagged clothes or food that needs to be prepared, Rowe said. He recommends items including lumber, fuel, generators, tools, tents, tarps, roofing supplies, and non-cook food.
M/V Pacific Hope is making final preparations to leave the Dominican Republic today or tomorrow to head for Marsh Harbour. The 180-foot medical ship will have first responders and nurses onboard to help injured people. Capt. Marvin Wilson is working with a fleet of seven yachts working through Fort Lauderdale-based provisioner National Marine Suppliers to act as a drop-off point for supplies in the Bahamas. The boat has 20,000 gallons of fresh water in its tanks and can make 500 gallons an hour. It also carries several four-wheel drive vehicles so it can get supplies inland. Needed supplies include tarps, rice and beans, canned food, baby formula, and first aid supplies. The vessel will also be cooking hot meals for anyone in need.
Medical Support Offshore (MSOS) has medical supplies sorted, boxed and ready to send. Yachts in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area can donate items from their onboard medical supplies starting today at the MSOS office, upstairs at Bluewater Books and Charts, 3233 S.W. Second Ave. (33315), or call +1 (954) 536-6135 to arrange for pick up.
Highest needs are bandages, suture supplies, IV fluids and tubing, antibiotics, wound cleansers, eye and skin medicines. Supplies must be in sterile, good condition and unopened, even if reaching expiring dates, said Becky Castellano, MSOS sales manager for the U.S. and Americas’ yacht division.
Of the 120 vessel members of the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA), the majority are term charter vessels that have relocated either to Grenada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. for hurricane season, according to executive director Oriel Blake. “It’s the smaller day charter vessels that remain in the territory, of which we have about 30 members at this time. To my knowledge, no damages, except for a few near scrapes, have been reported.”
VIPCA will host the USVI Charter Show at the Marina at Yacht Haven Grande from Nov. 11-14. More than 60 yachts and 100-plus brokers are expected.
On the East End of St. Thomas, several St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) members did lose boats in the Cowpet Bay mooring field, according to Commodore Margo Lynch. The hurricane’s quick turn to the north left many boat owners unable to get their vessels to safety.
“I should have taken her into the mangroves as always,” STYC member Chuck Pessler said of his Catalina 42, Simone’s Voyage, which broke her mooring line, hit the remnants of the club’s old dock and landed on the beach with three to four holes in her starboard side.
The good news story proved the fortitude of the club’s new dock, which is soon to be complete and replace the dock lost in 2017’s Hurricane Irma.
Finally, the U.S. Coast Guard reported two separate and successful rescue incidents while Hurricane Dorian crossed St. Thomas and its surrounding waters. The first was a 74-foot yacht, Summer Star, which had run aground near Perseverance Bay and was taking on water. The second was the 49-foot motor yacht, Midnight Rambler, which requested assistance after becoming disabled within 100 yards from the rocks and at anchor in South Water Point. Both vessels were manned at the time.
Source : The Triton