The 9/11 Boat Rescue That Saved Half a Million People | I Was There

Most people are aware of the tragedy that unfolded on September 11, 2001, in New York City and the swift action by first responders to the scene. A lesser-known rescue effort is the historic maritime evacuation that took place that day - one that was greater even than Dunkirk. In this episode of "I Was There" VICE meets civilian mariner Pete Johansen who assisted with the world's largest boat lift that rescued half a million people stranded on the seawalls of Lower Manhattan.
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    • VICE where can I find the rest of the Audio from the USCG? Is there a link to a USCG Archive somewhere?

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    • @taz santiago 0433am 16/4/21 they will wheel this footage out every so often to bolster the threat - whatever threat may have been part and parcel of this event - or to remind folk about some disastrous set of acts that proclaimed the end of the american dream... i have no desire to see this - again.... either now or in the near future. that is not a call for censorship, as much as you may demand an excuse to implement it... i may engage with the events later on in life if someone does produce a documentary of a serious nature without relying on schmaltz, soft soap or highlighting the misery that came with this attack. at present it's all simpering piano sound tracks and images of people hugging each other. america is still reeling from this. i would liken the nation to a rabbit frozen in a car's head lights.

    • I was smoking weed in a work van six blocks from The world trade centers that morning, we were parked in an alley 30 minutes early. I noticed people running in One Direction so I told the guys I’ll be right back to see what was going on I went down the alley and looked down the street to see one of the World trade center buildings on fire. I ran back to the van and the guys had the radio on so they already knew what happened. We all got out the van and started walking toward the scene when a second plane came from behind the buildings and nailed the second building the fireball was over our heads and all sorts of debris was falling around us. I noticed a lot of Burnt people were leaving the area when one of the building starting to fall I never ran so fast in my life. I keep remembering the smoke cloud coming toward us I jumped in the doorway of a store with a bunch of other strangers and duct as the smoke cloud hit us all. We all were choking eyes were burning hard to breathe it was eerily quiet all you can see was faint emergency vehicle lights through the thick dust in the air. 😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓 I will never forget that day I was 21 years old I’m 40 years old now and it’s for that reason only why I left New York City I love you New York I miss you God bless all those people who lost loved ones, I volunteered the first six days to help look for people but after two days it was obvious no one would be found alive. Thank you for making this video VICE I ended up with thousands of people walking over the Brooklyn Bridge covered in dust and coughing I never want to go through anything like that again, nobody should ever go through that.

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    • The World's Largest Boat Rescue You've Never Heard Of 1926pm 15/4/21 don't really wanna see the twin towers footage, for some reason...

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  • 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

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  • Think what John Stewart had to do to get these heroic people care.. sad but true

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  • Know dose anyone believe that this was a set up I do

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  • This is if you think about it , this is the modern day equivalent to the Dunkirk evacuation

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  • ISLAM: Headache to the world

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  • they never taught me this in school. all these people were heros on that day and saved so many lives

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  • 'Until the first building came down' Vice proceed to show various angles of the north tower falling....

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  • Much respect to this guy !!!

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  • I was on those boats also! So tragic!

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  • Bless you all.

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  • Amazing video, thank you Vice for informing us about this horrible days! Also love with all the families and people that died and just overall effected by this tragic ending for peoples lives.

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  • Wow what an amazing feat. When all hell breaks loose and there is mad chaos all around you, We Americans take care of each other and do what’s necessary and what needs to be done. May the souls that were lost this terrible day Rest in internal peace ✌️ 🪦 Bless the firefighters and all the hero’s that risked their lives saving other lives.

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  • Women and children first..I saw that sneaky husky slip onboard!!

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  • Wow from stage 4 to 7 years in remission.... that's good karma at work if I've ever seen it 💯✌🏻

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  • I’m from Minnesota, 25, my dad is 69 and neither of us have heard of this. Crazy

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    • the boat rescues?

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  • 9/11 brings me to tears every time any one talks about it, such a beautiful story thank you Vice for sharing this.

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  • 9/11 was a inside job

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  • It was done by America.... an excuse for invading middle east

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  • As fellow Americans we need to all stand together 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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  • 9/11 Was An Inside Job

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  • Mike Diamond was there. RIP

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  • People like these should be getting medals instead of campaign donors.

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  • *only time this country knows how to unite is when a foreign enemy threatens our livelihood other then that Americans are on each other’s throat*

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  • This is why I joined man, I was a kid when this happened, but I told myself I wouldn’t want something like this to happen to us again.

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  • If anyone out there was one of these emergency responders, I want to thank you.

  • I'm hoping someone create a movie about this...

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  • the dislikes are prolly from some mohammeds lol

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  • This was one of the darkest days in our history, but it also brought out the best of humanity

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  • This is awful but I know we aren’t getting the full story. Two planes don’t do that.

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  • The difference between having employees trained to do a job and one who understood what his job was about and how it fit into the larger scheme of things.

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  • It didn't save them technically

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  • This happened when guilliani were actually doing good deeds and not unzipping his pant in Borat movie

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  • It is so true when the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Make no mistake 9/11 was a conspiracy to get us to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • Wow, after 20 years..!

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  • I live less than a 5 minute walk to the trade center in the financial district. That day was something you can never forget.

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  • The deep state wanted support for the patriot act and to invade iraq to protect the petroleum dollar. Petro dollar is when someone buys oil they must first convert their money to us currency to buy oil taking some of us debt off the books in the process.

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  • First steel buildings in history to "collapse" from a fire

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    • It was more than a fire and plenty of steel buildings have collapsed from fire before

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  • Building 7

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  • This was the last time people pulled together as proud Americans... now the US is half America loving patriots.....and the other half are anti-American pos

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  • I wish the USA could come together like it seemingly did after 9/11... I know that sparked a bunch of bullshit (WMDs/Patriot Act/Iraq/etc) but it brought us together in a time of tragedy.

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  • I've seen hours of 911 footage, but never that angle at 3:30 . Wow Im glad I served. That brought me back more than anything. I'm ready to go back 😠

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  • Vice may be coming back !!! Lets hope this quality continues. This put more than a few tears in my eye. Absolutely, this is an excellent mini documentary. I wish it was longer. All I can say is thank you, for sharing this story with the people. I've never heard this story and it brings me back to that day. I remember where I was and watched in real time the second plane hitting the second tower. God Bless. Bring back the original Vice quality please!! This is a start.

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  • a fucked up day , i started it by getting a fuckin parking Ticket and i thought it was the end of the world until i turned the TV on then My problems were miniscule compared to what happened to Thousands of people that day and Hundreds of thousands or Millions a couple of decades later. and some are still continuing to pay for that

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  • This was the cry I needed about that day. Thank you for being there and thank you for making this.

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  • Just seeing the boats coming in moved me :') maybe world's not that bad.

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  • We we're different people back then. We cared about one another. Wtf happen to us?

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  • Why women and children first. If these women want equal right they best start letting men on first and start opening some damn doors

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  • Thank you for making this and showing the mariners perspective

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  • Stories of this man, and others like the man in the red bandana, are incredible.

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  • God bless everyone ❤️

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  • I was in year 8. 12 going on 13 when i returned from school and sky news was on. Crazy

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  • brought literal tears to my eyes. In the face of such darkness, we came together as Americans to save eachother.

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  • TRUE HERO'S❗💯❤✌

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  • Where were you when this happened? I was 25 years old, alone, in a hotel room in Japan on an overnight layover as I was flying from JFK to Sydney via Tokyo (flew with Japan airlines) Flying out of NY the last thing I saw were the beautiful twin towers sticking above the cloud line. Around 11pm Japan time & I was half asleep watching the Cheers TV show dubbed in Japanese language. The news flashed live to NY and the first plane had just hit, the Japanese TV reports were showing live coverage from the US but with Japanese news anchors obviously talking Japanese I could not understand what was happening, was it a movie? then I realised omg this happening. I thought it was a terrible accident, then the 2nd plane hit, I realised this was was an attack, I was so scared, but knowing NY and those buildings well (been inside, to the roof-top sky view & windows of the world restaurant dozens of times) I never could imagine they would fall. No chance. But then they did, 20 years later I am honestly still in shock over 911. I feel privileged to have visited the towers & the trade centre, the memories will last until I die. I find myself coming back to these videos every few months because I still cannot get over it, still cannot believe it happened. Peace & Love my fellow friends. XOXOXOX may a terrible terrible event like this please not happen ever again.

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  • building just dont fall like that after being hit by plane - why is this not a thing

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  • I know several first responders who have horrible health conditions from what they did in 9/11. Ones basically bedridden for nearly 2 years now and the other has COPD. My dad company responded to help with clean up, they had makeshift showers to wash off the dust of people working at ground zero, my own dad developed COPD himself from working there, it’s mild but it definitely limits what he can do.

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  • If this doesn't give you a over whelming sense of pride for your country then idk what will

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  • I thank him and everyone else who responded for their service.

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  • This was not known to me, this will truly go down as a huge heroic moment.

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  • Real hero’s on the frontline at home much love ❤️

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  • Its like the evacuation of Dunkirk

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  • All gave some and some gave All

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  • I will never forget where I was when 9/11 happened I was only out of high school a couple months and it has had a huge effect on myself and my generation! I have never heard that people were being evacuated by boat to this level, it’s amazing! I wish America would come together like we did after 9/11 it was short lived but it was great

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  • Tragedies brings the kindness of humanity together ❤

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  • wow thats something to be proud of, for real maybe I'll buy you a drink some day.

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  • The Mossad demolished the World Trade Towers.

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  • I love this country SO much and fuk what Fox and the GOP are saying about our nation. Yeah, we're broken but we strive and we love and we unite. Thank you for reminding Me what we're actually fighting to preserve!💋📣

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  • So so many hero’s that day.. thank you for helping us in our time of need.. forever 911 hero... and than he gets cancer, my prayers you stay in remission. I had family members as 1st responders, this changed their lives forever..

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  • These mariners were everyday people. They did not have to go so hard to save peoples’ lives but they did, and then some. Powerful stuff.

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  • 666 comments, had to break the cycle.

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  • Dunkirk of 9/11

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  • “Women and children first”. See women, we are not equal.

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  • It's still so heartbreaking to know that this happend 😔 still seems like yesterday and not 20 years ago

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  • God bless you sir!

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