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9/11-Boat rescue from Manhattan with Video

Updated on November 22, 2015
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9/11 for my family and I

On 9/11/2001, I was not sitting glued to the TV screen, watching in horror. I was moving across the country. I was trying to get my heat sensitive husband moved from Arizona to cooler Tennessee. There was a rental home waiting for us. We had called a Realtor and he was holding a house for us.

We had gotten to Arkansas and spent the night in a motel. We got up,dressed, ate a breakfast of milk and pastries that I had gotten at the grocery the night before. We loaded everyone in the U-haul and car and headed to the gas station. Usually, my husband would watch the news while we were all getting ready but this day, he did not. We found out about the plane crashes after the towers had fallen. We had stopped to get gas and there was a TV on in the travel center we got the gas at.

We decided we had better hurry up and get where we were going. We figured the price of gas was going to go up. It did. The price of gas tripled that day. Not at all stations, just the bigger chains. We avoided them and went to the ones across the street, which were half the price.

By the time the sun set, we were in Tennessee, at a campground just outside the town we were moving to. We set up the tent, crawled in and went to sleep. The next morning would be early. Breakfast, Realtor and hopefully, moving into a rental home.

Boat Rescue from Manhattan

I have been watching, without much attention, the different memorials and news programs being offered this year on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I couldn't think of any part of it that I wanted to remember. It was a terrible time and I am not much one to dwell on the past. I would rather think into the future or think of pleasant memories. One thing caught my attention though.

I saw a You Tube video, narrated by Tom Hanks, talking about the rescue of people from Manhattan on 9/11. I had never thought of it but yeah, it is an Island. I had learned in History class about the colonists buying it from the Indians for trinkets of beads, knives, and things like that. I never thought about how people got off that Island when they shut down all the Bridges, subway systems, and public transport. How did those people get off that island?

This video shows us how. The Coast Guard and Ferries were trying to evacuate the island. They had a problem because there were a lot more people than they could handle and the people were panicking. They were convinced that they were running for their lives and were going to be under attack again. The Coast Guard put out a call for help. How often does that happen? Never!!! This video shows what happened,

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      Becky Katz 12 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Coffeequeen, I remember it too. In hindsight, it was worse than it was then. It has brought us a decade of war and many people have gained an unhealthy distrust of people that are different. We have become so much more insular, as a country. We became for a short time, united as a country and then we were ripped apart by racism, as bad as when we were segregationist. I truly miss those few months. I appreciate you coming by to visit.

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      Louise Powles 12 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I clearly remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. When something like this happens it just goes to show how many good people there are on this planet.

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      Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Nell, I appreciate the lovely comment. I was moving across the country when this happened, and found out while paying for gas. Thank you for coming to visit.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, Wow, I never knew about this either! I do remember all the news, I was at work and my partner kept phoning to tell me what was happening, in the end I yelled it out to the other office workers and we all ran into the lounge to watch it on tv, nell

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      Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Suzette, I was amazed when I found this video and had to share it. I had never heard of this before either. I appreciate the visit and the lovely comment.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Becky: This is a remarkable hub. The video has brought tears to my eyes. There are so many good people on this earth, many more than the evil ones.You are right, we don't stop to think Manhattan is an island until something like this happens. I was teaching at the time when the towers were hit and came down. Our principal decided we would not tell our students or watch TV news reports as it might be too traumatic for them. He felt there might be students who had relatives at the towers. We were instructed by our principal to go on and teach as nothing was happening. Talk about a tough thing to do. Most of us were in a daze teaching that day. I think we as a staff were traumatized by what many of us had seen on our breaks and periods off. The next day we did nothing but discuss the situation with our students and we urged them to respond in writing to help them get their feelings out.

      This video is so interesting and I had never heard this story before of the boats that helped victims get off of Manhattan. There are many heroes among us as this video attests.

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      Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Frank, Good to see you again. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the visit.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      this hub stills me even after coming back to it time and again

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Frank, thank you. Wishing your Holidays are wonderful also.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      hey Becky--- wishing you and ur family a very happy holiday

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Lisa, I was amazed when I found this and figured others would be interested too. I am so happy you found it and that you came to visit. Thanks for the votes.

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      Lisa Chronister 4 years ago from Florida

      This was interesting and informative! I never knew about this! Thank you for sharing I voted up and everything, but funny.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi TTombs, glad you enjoyed this. It was a terrible time in history and yet, sometimes I think we need to go back to the patriotic fervor that we all had then. Now I see nothing but the gimme fervor, not attractive. When you are halfway across the country with your life in a moving van, you don't want to see the country ripped to shreds though. We were very nervous about how it was going to affect our plans. I really appreciate you coming by to visit and leaving such a nice comment.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fascinating personal view on a horrible event in our nation's history. Great job, Becky!

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Peg, you are welcome to put a link, I did not realize that you had one on this subject, I will have to check it out when I get a minute. I did not know about this portion of 9/11 until I found it just the day before I wrote this. I knew many more did not either and it was something that I knew people would love to know. Americans always seem to be right there when emergencies happen, wherever they might be. We are a very warm hearted and caring country. Now if the rest of the world realized that. Thanks for coming by to visit.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Becky, This is an important reminder of who we are when times are tough. Thank you for bringing this great video to light. I can only imagine how stressful moving during a time of turmoil like this was for you and your family. I hope you won't mind if I put a link to your hub in mine on the same subject. Voted up and awesome! Peg

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      This event collected us together as a country as no other event other than Pearl Harbor. Americans do not like our country being attacked. Now our country has been ripped apart again and I hate it. I found out about this event and just had to share. I had not known about it for years.So glad you came by to visit.

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is such a beautiful hub! There is a hero in most of us. This was such a horrible event, but we did come together and do what needed to be done. The video left a tear in my eye, it is so touching. Thank you for sharing such a heart touching story. Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      PDXKaraokeGuy, 9/11 was a terrible nightmare. That is one of the reasons I wrote this. I found this video extremely uplifting. We all need to feel proud of this time in history. The way that this country came together for this disaster was beautiful. We were united again against a common threat, much as we were after Pearl Harbor. I am proud of my country and hope that we can regain that common goal.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I remember watching 911 occur as it was happening and thnking it was so surreal and this couldn't be happening in our country. I'll never forget to horrific images of eople leaping from a burning building to their deaths, some of them hand in hand. It's something i hope I never have to see again. Thanks for sharing your story!

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      LuxmiH, I noticed the difference in our attitude at that time also. I have also noticed the change since Our current President was elected. I hope the people open their eyes and see what he is doing to us. Your hub was remarkable.

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 6 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      I am so glad you compiled this wonderful Hub relating to your personal experience of what was happening in your life at the time of 9/11. Its a terrific read because it reminds us of how wonderful and warm-hearted we American people are. How we bond together and help one another in when there is a crisis.

      My husband and I were living in Mainland China at the time. It was around 9 at night and my honey was flipping through the TV channels, to come across smoke pouring from the tower. He thought that perhaps the sprinkler system had failed. We watched in awe as we saw the second plane fly into the next tower. Numb, we heard the announcer say, "Can somebody get hold of the FHA and tell them that they are directing planes into the buildings in New York?" He was in earnest, terrorism was not even a blip on the radar of most peopl'e minds.

      Then when we returned to the States for a short visit, I noticed a remarkable difference... as much as 'Roots' had divided the American nation, 9/11 united us. Everyone was so fabulously friendly. It was a wonderful feeling to experience such Unity in the nation.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Highvoltagewriter, I don't think many knew about this. I was amazed when I found it also. I am pleased I could help you learn of this wonderful act.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Wow I learned something about 9/11 that I did not know about, thanks!

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      thelyricwriter, Thank you for coming by and leaving your wonderful comment. So many do not know about this. Just thought I would give it a little more coverage. We all love these stories.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      What a story Becky. Well done and well written. Votes up! I believe we should all be proud of all the heroes that came out of the situation, although it was quite traggic. Just glad to know people stii care like that. Inspirational story. Take care.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I am happy to have helped restore your faith. It is so easily lost these days. Thank you for passing it on and thank you for coming by.

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      Patricia (Rhode) 6 years ago

      Wow!! there must be a lot of stories to be told,you did a great job!! I've passed this on to all my friends, mostly so no one can EVER SAY "THES NEVER HAPPENED" IT DID! You have restored my faith in ordinary people. Thank You

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Happyboomernurse, So glad you came by. So many of us love the video and it was not shown during the crisis. Mostly just around the Towers. We need to know the good with the bad when times of tragedy happen. It helps us cope with the mass loss of life. I am so grieved that we lost any of these people.

      The number of boats showing up when the call went out amazed me also. And so quickly. It made my heart leap in joy that so many cared. Thank you.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Very powerful story and I too did not know about this until I read it here. The video moved me to tears. I had moved from NY state to DE 6 months before 9/11 but had relatives living in NYC and knew one of the firemen who was killed that day. 6 firemen who lived in my old community died that day (although I only personally knew one).

      It was amazing watching how many boats showed up to help with the evacuation. Thanks for posting this.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Miss Paula, I love this kind of thing. It restores my faith in humanity. Thank you for coming by to read. And congratulations for keeping the job for 10 years. That is a feat.

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      Miss Paula 6 years ago

      I too didn't know about this boatlift but i was not always in front of the T.V. I will always remember this day as if it was yesterday. I started a new job that day and have been at that job for 10 years. voted you up this was beautiful. GOD BLESS!!!!!

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Sunnie, I was really moved by this. It really surprised me because I had not read of it before this year. Ten years and no one knows about this.

      I was sorry to read of your personal memories of this time. Arlington was a busy place at this time. My husband says that if I send him to Arlington, he will haunt me. He hates DC. He could be buried there but I think we will send him elsewhere, maybe in the country.

      Fred, Happy to see you here. I did my best to deal with this in the manner it deserved. Respect for these people is in my heart. They deserve it for their bravery when they didn't even know if they were going to get home. They could have stayed where they were safe but chose to help instead. And yes, my heart jumped while watching the video, when all those boats came pouring in to help. It was beautiful.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      As others have posted here, I saw or heard NOTHING about this evacutation AT ALL. And while I wasn't always in front of a TV (being on the road with a load of carpet headed for Montana via Nevada at thie time), we did have AM talk radio on a LOT in the ensuing weeks and months.

      Good work, great Hub. Voted Up and all but Funny (the evac definitely qualifies as Beautiful).

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Dear Becky,

      What a wonderful heartfelt hub. I remember this day so well. My husband's father has passed away one year later to the date and was being burried at Arlington. Due to 911 we had to wait until the dead has been burried in Arlington from 911, once we got up there close to October it was such a sad time. The wall inside Arlington had all the notes from famiy members..Some still searching for them. It was a Navy Burial and one that broke our hearts plus the loss we felt for everyone else. Thank you Becky.


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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      always, I never thought about it being on an island either. That was not made clear when it happened and if you are not familiar with New York, you would not know the Twin Towers were on an island. I can understand the panic. The authorities didn't need all those extra people there either. Those that were not involved in the rescue operations did not need to be there and could not leave.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I didn't know about this. I didn't think about people being on an island. I can imagine how terrified they were. There were some real heroes that day. Thank you so much for the video. Well written Becky.......

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      dahoglund, I didn't either. That is why it caught my attention. I figured if I didn't hear about it, probably others had not either, and would be interested. Thank you for stopping by and reading.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      with all the coverage of 9/11 I don't recall anything about evacuations. You did a good job of reporting it here.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hyphen, I always feel uplifted when I see something in the news where people show the best of themselves. I thought this was so interesting and yet I had not heard of it. These people did not know whether they were going to get home alive or not. They just had to go try. We can all be encouraged by their actions. I am happy I could help you feel the same.

      Dusty, Thank you for the kudos. The video had to be in this. It was the reason I got interested in it. Of course, I had to figure out how to embed a video. Didn't work the first time. I figured I would just put the URL on here if I couldn't figure it out.

      Will, I didn't know about this either. That is why I had to do this. To let other people know of the bravery shown by other people. Thank you for coming by and reading. I appreciate it.

      Mckbirdbks, You're welcome. I was also very interested the minute I saw this.

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Very interesting Hub,Becky. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I didn't know about this! Thank you.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Becky, this is a well done piece, you did a perfect job with the video the "coup de grace" it was a perfect addition. I have to say that since the way I found out about this was word of mouth several months later on a trip to town. No pictures or video, just words, and I was more concerned we were well on our way to yet another war.

      This is the first time I've been in awe of the situation of how people joined unquestioning into a scenario that could have gone from worst to the absolute hell of battle. It took me back to old feelings of answering the radio and going into what we were well aware of, experienced in and expected every day.

      This re-instilled my faith in Americans that indeed we still hold the qualities required to stand together.

      Thank you,



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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I truly believe though the heart of man is evil with sin that love still shines forth brightly. So many are brave and selfless, working tirelessly for others. May we all catch that spirit of compassion and pass it on to others. Becky, thank you for this inspiring Hub.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Thank you for reading Dingpo. I do not live anywhere near there but it makes me proud that when people were needed to help, the people stepped up there. It always renews my hope for humanity when things like this happen.

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      Dingpo 6 years ago

      At times like these it renews your faith in mankind Your Manhatten rescue was our Dunkirk how proud to say i was there.


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