Written by Dennis Michael Lynch
Before I get into the nitty gritty, allow me to give you the link to the Marriott Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go to leave them a message.
Now here’s the story…
According to her Facebook page, Naomi Michial Ayala is from Texas. She was staying at a hotel on the U.S. Virgin Islands when Hurricane Irma hit the island.
From the posts made to her page on September 6, Naomi was in the thick of things and filming it all (see one of her videos below).
On September 6 at 4:36pm she wrote: “Finally got reception back on the iPad. We’ve been in the eye wall all afternoon. There’s no visibility and trees are coming down and being stripped. This hotel is built like a fortress.”
Luckily, she survived the storm, but she wanted to get home before Hurricane Jose hits the Caribbean. It too is a strong hurricane.
This is when her nightmare begins. She wrote on her page:
“Guys. I just went through Irma on St Thomas. I need help getting somewhere safe and internet access is very limited. I can’t make calls or search Safari. I need to find a place to stay with running water and electricity. AA has us booked next Wednesday. I don’t know what islands have electricity. I don’t know what other flights might be available before Wednesday. I don’t know what boat services are operating. I don’t know what nearby islands have operating airports. If we have to stay until Wed, we need to find a hotel with a working generator and plumbing. Or if another island has electricity, we need to find a boat to take us. Or if another island has an airport, I need to find a way to get there and a flight to Dallas. My hotel room is flooded and we don’t have running water. If you have 10 mins and like to do travel research, please help us. Quia, Kirsten, and Keishaare already on this, but I need all the help I can get. Thanks in advance friends.”
NOTE: The story of this girl was sent to me from a DML NEWS reader. Thus, I am trying to put the pieces together from reading her posts. That said, it appears she found information about a boat leaving the island and heading to San Juan. Allegedly, the boat is connected somehow to Marriott Hotels. It appears they leased or rented the vessel.
Here is her post at 4pm EDT on Sept. 8: “Marriott Hotels is only helping their guests evacuate via ferry from St Thomas to San Juan ahead of Hurricane Jose. They aren’t helping anyone else. That is the only way we can get to safety. Does anyone have a strong Marriott connection? #hurricaneirma #hurricanejose
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Update: Marriott turned away 35 ppl. They had room for 1300.”
Hours later she posted again…
Update: they called the Marriott CEO. He didn’t want to take the liability.
Update 2: the boat actually holds 1800. They had 500 passengers. 1300 open seats.
She posted a few hours ago (10am EDT)…
Heading to the pier again to try and get on a private evacuation boat to Fajardo, PR. I’ll keep everyone updated.
Here is the video from the Marriott episode. If it’s in fact true, it is absolutely sickening that Marriott would do this sort of thing to people. From what she says there are empty seats but they will not allow them to board.
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