Hurex: plane crash and evacuation in Statia

POSTED: 09/3/12 10:48 PM

STATIA – Black clouds of smoke were hanging threatening over the small airport of Statia where a small passenger plane crashed. Police and fire brigade and the ambulance service jumped into action to get the situation under control. The usually quiet island was the scene of a disaster management exercise as part of the 2012 hurricane exercise Hurex.

Previously, the Royal Navy’s Hurex took place on St. Maarten but this year the exercise expanded to Statia and later in the day to Saba as well.
The place crash scenario in Statia was designed to let local emergency services train with a disaster of this magnitude. The Royal Navy assisted by facilitating this large-scale exercise. But the scenario became bigger when the threatening passage of a devastating hurricane was thrown into the mix. This required the evacuation of 125 citizens. Hr. Ms. Pelikaan acted as the transport vessel that facilitated the evacuation.
For those who took part in the exercise it was all fun and games. Cherida Creesburg enjoyed her stay on the deck of the Navy vessel: “We are vulnerable as a small island. It is a comforting thought that we can be taken to safety if something really goes wrong.”

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