Desperate Bahamians may be stranded after Hurricane Dorian

After watching Hurricane Dorian destroy their homes, toss planes around at the airport and rip walls clean out of hotels like Jenga sets, Bahamians may find they can’t escape the island because they don’t have the right paperwork.

Close to 1,000 lined up Friday at a port in Freeport. All of them, clutching bare suitcases, hoped to return back to the U.S. with a cruise ship that had just arrived and was planning to leave for Palm Beach later that night with 1,500 precious seats.

Unfortunately, it was not clear who would be able to board the ship when it leaves, and who won’t.

In a news release Thursday, Bahamas Paradise, the company that owns the ship, said it would evacuate Bahamian residents who had “proper documentation.” On Friday, a spokeswoman for a public relations firm in Fort Lauderdale, working on behalf of the cruise line, said that would mean a valid visa and passport, but could also include a police report and a photo identification.

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