Rescue flight retrieves 160 Dominicans from Saint Maarten
Santo Domingo.- In a rescue operation, 160 Dominicans returned Tuesday from the town of Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten, after being stranded by Hurricane Irma.
It was the second humanitarian aid trip in as many days conducted by airline PAWA Dominicana president Gary Stone, along with a group of collaborators.
“This gives us energy, joy and gratification, we are tired but we know we are doing something good. When you see the faces of the people and especially of the children, we reaffirm that we have the commitment to rescue them from an island that is in crisis; this is not work, it’s just what we had to do,” Stone told local media.
The aircraft departed at 2pm from Santo Domingo, loaded with 30,000 pounds of supplies, water, and canned foods, delivered to relief workers at Princess Juliana International Airport in the capital of the Dutch-held Caribbean island.