BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

by Gramfan on August 4, 2013

in Gramfan (team member), heroes, September 11, 2001, water transportation

From a correspondent:

This is a very moving yet uplifting story about what ordinary people can do in extraordinary circumstances. This was such a sad time in our history…unfortunately the Americans, and indeed the western world, seem to forget too quickly and too easily.

We certainly were busy watching the news right after 9/11, but we never saw this…BOAT-LIFT OF 9/11… You know, in the 11 years since this happened, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this…I don’t even remember seeing/hearing about this evacuation on the news!

The fact is, it was all done in 9 hours… 500,000 people!

This is a video well worth watching. The guy at the end (same guy who is at the beginning) has some great words to live by for all of us.

Watch till the end. You won’t regret it. We will never forget what happened that day.

On YouTube:

Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011 by RoadtoResilience

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (

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