Hurricane Irma has torn through the British Virgin Islands, leaving our islands and communities devastated in her wake. VISAR (Virgin Islands Search and Rescue) is currently non-operational as we try to establish the condition of our bases, boats and our crews ability to safely travel on island.
The situation in the British Virgin Islands is catastrophic. Homes are gone, people are missing and tens of thousands are stranded with limited communication. Residents have been left with nothing! Families and schools have been left with nothing! The images emerging from the BVI show utter destruction - the scale of the damage is unimaginable.
VISAR have been inundated with requests for help from worried family and friends, but also so many people who love our islands are asking how can they help.
Whilst our boats are not yet in the water, what we can do is help coordinate fundraising efforts to support the work being done on the ground by the emergency team running out of Peebles Hospital. All funds raised will go directly to helping the people of the BVI recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. We will use our contacts with the Department of Disaster Management, The Governor’s office, The Premiers office and other charitable organisations to ensure every dollar donated goes directly to those most in need.
We kindly ask anyone with family and friends in the BVI, those who love our islands, who have travelled through the islands, who have chartered through our islands to please consider giving whatever you can. The people of the BVI are strong, resilient and can overcome this toughest of times - but we need your help. Please give whatever little you can, while we hope and pray that Hurricane Jose does not cause too much further damage this weekend
President of VISAR