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Default YT Guests Defended Caved-In St. Maarten Hotel From ‘People With Machetes’ After Irma



Guests Defended Caved-In St. Maarten Hotel From ‘People With Machetes’ After Irma
September 11, 2017 8:29 PM

ST. MAARTEN (CBSNewYork) — The New York National Guard rescued planeloads of Americans left stranded in the battered Caribbean after Irma.

For some, a dire situation turned even more harrowing before help arrived, as bands of robbers terrorized their hotels.

“We never thought we’d be home, we never thought it was even in the cards,” New Yorker, Lauren Stallworth told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

New Yorker Scott Imbrosciano and his girlfriend Lauren Stallworth tried desperately to leave the island of St. Maarten where they were vacationing well before then category 5 Irma hit.

“We went Monday to the airport, and there were no flights, no charter flights, nothing,” he said.

The same held true on Tuesday. With no other option, the couple had no choice, but to hunker down in the hotel’s convention center.

“It was the only concrete place in the hotel,” Lauren said.

When it did, all of the rooms were completely caved in, and new troubles were on the horizon.

“People with machetes, people with long sticks, pipes,”
Scott said.

The survivors banded together to protect themselves using room keys to identify one another.
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