Brave Bahamians on jet skis rescued 100 people who were trapped in their flood-destroyed homes by catastrophic Hurricane Dorian in the last week.
One of those rescued was a government official, Michael Pintard.
Pintard, the country's minister of agriculture and marine resources, and his family – his wife and their 6-year-old daughter – were on the second floor of their Freeport house as the water climbed the stairs on Tuesday.
With the windows of the house shattered and the front door blown off, the family saw no way out.
It was then that the faint sound of jet skis could be heard in the distance, Pintard said CNN.
A woman caught by floods caused by Hurricane Dorian is brought to safety on Tuesday by volunteers on a jet ski in Freeport, Bahamas.
The image above shows a man who was brought to safety on a jet ski by a volunteer in Freeport on Tuesday
The images above from Freeport on Tuesday, taken from a jet ski, show the magnitude of the devastation caused by the floods
Three men on two jet skis appeared just in time to save the family.
But the drama did not end there. After the family boarded the jet skis, it was anything but a smooth ride to safety.
"We thought it would be a routine ride, but the waves were still pretty strong and the wind was quite high," said Pintard.
"We turned …, my wife and I, at least twice … My daughter also died on a jet ski."
The jet skis could not bear the weight of the three rescuers and the family of three.
So Pintard stayed behind and found a place nearby where he could stand safely while his wife and daughter were being driven to safety.
One of the jet skis finally came back for Pintard.
In total, the three men on the two jet skis saved about 100 people.
In total, according to local officials, volunteers drove a dozen jet skis on Tuesday to save 100 people in Freeport. The images above show jet skiers rescuing stranded Bahamans
"They did a phenomenal task, not just with us," said Pintard.
"What we saw when we came out is that they went in again and again."
Pintard and his family were rescued by Jensen Burrows and d’Sean Smith, who are members of the GB Jet Ski Club.
They were helped by Jason Albury, who was on board to navigate.
Burrows, Smith and Albury were part of a group of about a dozen jet skiers who rescued stranded residents on Tuesday.
"The wind kept you under control, so it felt like stones were pelted at you. I had his daughter and my friend and the jet ski fell over, & Smith said.
"Jensen also turned the minister and his wife and Jensen around.
& # 39; He insisted that we first bring the daughter and the woman to safety, so we did and came back for him. & # 39;
On Monday, Smith and Burrows tried to save Smith's cousin, but the circumstances were too insidious.
Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities that were isolated by water and debris Saturday after Hurricane Dorian hit the northern part of the archipelago last Sunday. The above image from Saturday shows the destroyed Elbow Key Island
The next day they managed to rescue dozens of people, including a pregnant woman and a baby in a styrofoam cooler, whose homes were destroyed on Pioneers Way, just south of the destroyed Grand Bahama airport.
"On Monday, it was really just my two employees and Jensen, so four of us," said Smith.
"Tuesday was another attempt that saved something else."
Pintard estimates that a total of 150 people were rescued on Grand Bahama Island with jet skis and other means.
Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities that were isolated by water and debris Saturday after Hurricane Dorian hit the northern part of the archipelago last Sunday.
At least 43 people died.
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