An Untold 9/11 Story: The Boatlift

Courtesy of the New York City Police Department

Catching up on my reading, I ran across an amazing story from the 9/11 tragedy.

When the Twin Towers fell, people began running for their lives. Since this was the tip of lower Manhattan, people on the south side were quickly trapped at the waterfront.

Their salvation came from the flotilla of more than 150 boats that quickly converged on the scene. As a result, an estimated 400,000 people were evacuated off Manhattan island, making this the largest waterborne evacuation in modern history. In comparison,  the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II  involved 338,000 British and French soldiers over nine days.

It’s the most remarkable achievement we’ve never heard of.

For the details, see The Great Boat Lift of 9/11 ( The photo came from that article.

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