CNN’s Patrick Oppmann saw civilians in the Bahamas coming to the aid of fellow citizens today in Freeport, one of the hardest-hit areas of Grand Bahama island.
They used small boats and jet skis to rescue neighbors, friends and members of their community, despite the tropical-storm force winds and rains that are still pummeling the area.
These ad-hoc rescue efforts are dangerous and harrowing, Oppmann says.
Those rescued have been utterly exhausted after spending all night clinging to their roofs or being stuck in their attics.
One man who was rescued while CNN was there says his wife drowned in front of him. He said he hoped to recover her body.
Others said their relatives are still missing.