A short tribute to the volunteer civilian flotilla that helped 500,000 people get home across the water from Lower Manhattan after the attacks on the World Trade Center
Following the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, a problem faced by many New Yorkers was how to get home.
I remember pictures of people walking across bridges and other images of mass migration as people tried to get home.
The boat lift of half a million people from Lower Manhattan was done by a volunteer civilian flotilla that just showed up when the call went out. The flotilla just materialized when the Coast Guard put out a Marine Assistance Broadcast asking any vessels that could help, to please report to Lower Manhattan to help evacuate stranded commuters.
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