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Inside the search for Hurricane Ian's survivors

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSSanibel, Florida - 1 October 20221. Wide of Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo, and associates walking down streetASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida - 1 October 20222. Wide of side of rescue boat3. Wide of crew on boat4. SOUNDBTIE (English) James Judge, Project Dynamo: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"We've been here for two days now. We got here the morning after the storm and started conducting rescues. Most of them have told us that they weren't expecting it to hit here. The meteorologists said that it was going to hit Tampa, you know?"ASSOCIATED PRESSSanibel, Florida - 1 October 20225. Wide of damaged buildings6. Wide of Wrecked boat in waterASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida - 1 October 20227. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I think hurricane Ian paralleled with with the bombings in Ukraine, I think it's a really appropriate parallel. That's what it looks like. There's you know, Dynamo has rescued Americans from Afghanistan and refugees from Afghanistan, we've rescued refugees and Americans from Ukraine. Now we're rescuing Americans who are now refugees in Florida."ASSOCIATED PRESSSanibel, Florida - 1 October 20228. Various of Betty Reynolds being helped onto boat9. SOUNDBITE (English) Betty Reynolds, Sanibel Island resident:(Reporter: "How does it feel to be leaving?")"Mixed. You know, you hate to leave a home you've lived in for 47 years."10. Various of Reynolds11. SOUNDBITE (English) Betty Reynolds, Sanibel Island resident: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I didn't think it was bad at all until the water started coming in. It came out about four feet in the house. So I've been living upstairs. I didn't stay for Charley or Irma, and I had no damage and I just didn't believe that there could be storm surge."ASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida - 1 October 202212. Wide of Reynolds being helped off boat13. Wide of Reynolds hugging crew14. UPSOUND (English) Betty Reynolds: "Thank you guys, y'all were great."15. Wide of wrecked boats in marina16. Various of crew looking at phone and GPS to coordinate next rescue operation17. UPSOUND (English) James Judge: "That's going to be a beach insertion."19. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Really important. Son got a text from mother earlier today. She thinks she is dying. He gave permission to knock door down if needed."ASSOCIATED PRESSSanibel, Florida - 1 October 202220. Wide of Stern getting off boat21. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Okay. We're on Sanibel Island. Just look where you're going. We're about to go find Mrs. Shakur."22. Various of Stern walking on Sanibel Island23. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"No, it's this road up here."24. Various of Stern searching for woman25. UPSOUND (English) Bryan Stern: "Your son sent us. We're a rescue organization."26. Various of Stern walking on street27. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo:"I don't think this is the right house. We're going to keep progressing further along to see if we can find anybody else."28. Wide of Stern meeting Tim Barrett from the Sanibel Fire Department29. UPSOUND (English) Tim Barrett: "You want to mount up and go with me?"30. Various of Barrett on search31. SOUNDBITE (English) Division Chief Tim Barrett, Sanibel Fire Department: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I think it caught a lot of us off guard I mean, you guys are awesome with the news and we took everything seriously. I just think some people underestimated it."32. Various of Barrett with Stern's team33. SOUNDBITE (English) Division Chief Tim Barrett, Sanibel Fire Department: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++"It's great. It sort of restores your view on humanity to see people chipping in. There's even people whose whose homes are destroyed, but they're helping. They're still helping other people. Oh, these guys are awesome. Yeah, there are. A lot of times there's only so many of us. So when we get augmented with state task force and. Private search organizations. It's awesome. These guys have been great."34. Wide of Barrett, left, and Stern, right, standing in road35. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo:++PARTIALLY COVERED++(Reporter: "So you're happy that we didn't find anything today?")"Yeah, yeah, absolutely. It's a blessing that people got off the island or got out some other way or friends or family or neighbor or whatever. The idea is is not have to rescue people. That's the idea. I have no problem slogging through the mud. I'm okay. It's fine. I'll have a hot shower tonight. I'll be okay."36. Wide of "Help" sign drawn in sand outside building37. Various of destroyed buildings on beach38. Wide of Stern walking on beach towards boat39. Various of Stern getting on boat, UPSOUND (English) Brian Stern: "Piece of cake."STORYLINE:There was no time to waste. As Hurricane Ian lashed southwest Florida, Bryan Stern, a former Navy Seal, began mobilizing a crew, boats and tools -- even craw bars -- for the urgent task that would soon be at hand; rescuing hundreds of people possibly trapped by flood waters.Project Dynamo has been scouring the coastline of southwest Florida rescuing people, many of them elderly residents who became cut off when the Category 4 storm washed away a bridge connecting Sanibel Island with the Florida mainland.As local authorities continue reaching people trapped by floodwaters, others unwilling to be bystanders have sprung into action to aid official rescuers do their important work."It sort of restores your view of humanity. You see people chipping in and they aren't getting paid for it. There's even people whose whose homes are destroyed, but they're helping them. They're still helping other people," said Tim Barrett, the training division chief for the Sanibel Fire Department.The storm has killed dozens.On Saturday afternoon while helping a team of pharmacists reach Sanibel Island to secure a drug store, Stern's team encountered a woman they had met the day earlier.Betty Reynolds had refused to leave her home for the storm, and turned down their offer to bring her to the mainland -- but on Saturday, she came around."I didn't think it was bad at all until the water started coming in. It came out about four feet in the house. So I've been living upstairs," said Reynolds.She had been living on Sanibel Island for 47 years when Ian hit, covering much of the island with a six foot storm surge.Reynolds said she had evacuated for hurricanes in the past, and nothing came of it -- so she decided to take a chance with this one.After delivering Reynolds to shore, a text came in -- another person on the island needed help.A woman's son texted saying that his mother was trapped on the island "and thinks she's going to die." He gave Stern and his team permission to knock down the store, if necessary, to get to her.The resort community of Sanibel Island is ringed with palm tree-lined beaches and hotel resorts -- but much of that appears to have been wiped out by Ian. The only bridge that connects the island to the mainland was destroyed. Officials speculate it could be months before it's repaired and opened to vehicle traffic for residents.Having no roads in meant Stern had to arrive by boat -- pulling up on a sandbar and jumping overboard was the best option.In the end, the search for the woman came up empty -- he later learned that she'd been rescued by another team beforehand. But Stern said the effort wasn't wasted."Yeah, yeah, absolutely. It's a blessing that people got off the island or got out some other way or friends or family or neighbor or whatever. The idea is is not have to rescue people. That's the idea. I have no problem slogging through the mud."----AP Video shot and produced by Robert Bumsted===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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