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Clearwater company says Bahamas-based employees are priority #1

Posted: 5:13 PM, Sep 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-05 18:10:17-04
The Moornings

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Moorings charters yacht vacations around the world, but they are now focused in on the company's marina in Marsh Harbour.

It’s one of the places in the Bahamas that took a direct hit.

Marketing manager Ian Bockman-Pedersen says “right now it looks like like total devastation in that island.”

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He says representatives from The Moorings are on their way to the Bahamas right now to make sure all their 25 employees are ok.

“Some are in the shelters. Some hunkered down in their homes. But we just have no way of contacting them,” he said.

The company has about 30 boats based in Marsh Harbour, some were moved in time. The rest are likely destroyed.

But it’s the workers that are the top priority.

“These are people that you talk to on a daily or weekly basis. We go on vacations, these are the people that greet you with a smiling face, so it’s really concerning not having heard from them at this point,” Bockman-Pedersen said.

While they wait, The Moorings employees are collecting supplies.

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They hope to fill up the break room and use their boats to bring all the stuff to those who need it.

“We will fill every corner every corner we can until its full. We will ship it down to Miami from here,” he said.

Just two years ago, Hurricane Irma destroyed The Moorings marina in the British Virgin Islands.

Thankfully, all their employees survived. They are hoping for the same fortune this time.

Donations are accepted at The Moorings office at 93 North Park Place Boulevard in Clearwater.

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