ABOUT 20 PEOPLE looking to assist Dominica after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria earlier this week had their hopes dashed when they were bumped from the HMBS Rudyard Lewis yesterday.
The volunteers and media professionals, who were gathered in the mess hall at the Coast Guard headquarters at HMBS Pelican on Spring Garden, were informed of the change of plans by Sub-Lieutenant Shawn Hazelwood, executive officer of the Rudyard Lewis, as they were waiting to board the vessel just before 3 p.m.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a delay in leaving. We are now scheduled to leave at 6 p.m. and not the original scheduled time. I was not given the full details for the delay, but what I can say is the ship is currently loading right now.
“It’s just a matter of some other personnel embarking and we will be ready to go. We have 29 infantry personnel as security, and another 15 artisans who will be masons, plumbers, those sorts of persons to aid in the rebuilding project in Dominica,” he told the media in an interview. (RA)
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