New Haven woman speaks about being rescued after being stranded in St. Maarten during Irma

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven woman who rode out Hurricane Irma inside a bathroom and became trapped and stranded in St. Maarten is finally back home.

Shandrea Pittman, along with hundreds of other American tourists, was rescued by the U.S. Military.

“They got women and children. The elderly people who were medically compromised,” explained Pittman. “…We were some of the first 300 people out.”

Four long days after Irma, sleeping on a chair in the lobby of a hotel with limited power, water, and food, Pittman was loaded onto a U.S. Military plane with only her passport and a few items.

Related Content: New Haven woman stuck in St. Maarten describes experience during Hurricane Irma

She stood in a line for seven hours, but eventually got on the plane bound for Puerto Rico.

“I was proud to be an American,” stated Pittman. “The military [and] everyone was so nice and welcoming to us.”

She knows she’s lucky to be alive.

Related Content: Irma leaves 9 dead in US, ‘devastation’ in Florida Keys

Unable to get a flight out before Irma, Pittman rode out the Category 5 storm in a small bathroom with her five girlfriends for 19 hours.

“It was moments when rain [was] coming in on [the] ceiling,” said Pittman. “The floor stated to flood, walls were shaking.”

St. Maarten firefighters eventually freed them, and now, Pittman is back home.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s