Hurricane Sandy Brings Out the Best

Wednesday is my day to post about cruising, but in respect to those who are suffering from Hurricane Sandy, I decided to post something different.

I’ve been watching the footage and here is what I see: The kindness and bravery shown today was incredible.

A rescue worker carries an elderly woman from her home and takes care to keep her purse dry. A small thing, but I’m sure it was important to her.

Rescue workers help a man get to their vehicle and help him get his two dogs in the back. They didn’t leave his pets behind.

The bravery shown by the coast guard unit who rescued the people from the HMS bounty is amazing. They went out to sea in dangerous conditions that threatened to down their helicopter, and they saved people lives. In their interview, they were humble. I can’t say enough positive about the coast guard, both Canadian and American. I spend half my year on a sailboat, so this really hits home. This is Bravery with a capital B.

Today’s event made me feel good about the human race. There are so many amazing people out there.

Even though I wasn’t put in harm’s way by the hurricane, I want to thank all the people out there who helped others.

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4 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy Brings Out the Best

  1. Example of commitment
    Coast Guard vessel gets distress call for assistance during horrible weather. The first mate tells the captain how risky this mission will be, about dangers they face. He says the most likely outcome will be disaster and they won’t return alive.

    The Captain reminds the first mate they are not required to come back alive.

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  2. Yes, at this time the focus should be on the tragedy and the deaths, but that does not dismiss a perhaps horrible decision. On Thursday the storm was not predicted to be hundreds of miles off the east coast. This storm has had a definite track and prediction of following the coastline and hitting the NE with a direct hit. It has been predicted for well over a week. On top of that it was clearly known the magnitude of the storm was huge and the width of the strom was in excess of 1000 miles. That is the point of a prediction, you are not sure what well happen, but it was 100 percent evident the storm was south of the departure point and headed towards the route. Planes have not taken off for days, and most other forms of transportation were put to a halt over the weekend. Deciding to sail a ship such as this from a point that had to travel right at and through this massive storm if a mistake should be called out as such when this is investigated. Was it a crucial trip or emergency for it to make sail with what was coming at it? A quote in one of the stories was a ship is safer at sea than in port. What about the people on the ship?

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