When the Bahamas was hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, storm surges up to 15 feet wrought devastation: roofs gone, electrical infrastructure ripped away, buildings decimated, flooding widespread – Grand Bahama was in a state of emergency and in serious need of aid.
Blue Marlin Cove owners, Joe, Sandy and Giovanna Rieger, are no strangers to humanitarian aid. Over the years, the family has worked to rebuild roads in Costa Rica and deliver help to their second home of the Bahamas. So, when Hurricane Matthew struck and many of their West End neighbors were left homeless, they were again ready to lend a hand.
Together with Grand Bahama natives, transplants, and visitors, the Rieger’s organized an incredible relief effort to benefit the West End. They worked to deliver 120,000 pounds of supplies (via at least 70 donated private flights!) – tents, tarps, non-perishable foods, power generators, water, and other needs – to the island.
Joe explains, "This project started for me about four days before the storm hit… the first day after the storm, we flew over a team of medics from Ocean Airways to help people who had injuries." Upon this trip I knew we had to do more upon my return and so we did!