9/11 Boatlift and the Evacuation of over 500-k people from Manhattan Island

On 9/11, when all transport out of the city was shut down, citizen boat owners managed to transport over 500-k people from Manhattan Island in an amazing act known as the “9/11 Boatlift”

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.


While many people recognize the fire fighters, EMTs and police officers who responded at the scene, there were many other unsung heroes who saved lives during this catastrophic day. “BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience” is a short film that depicts the actions of average citizens who became heroes, saving nearly one million lives in the process.

“Boatlift” shows how people directed their vessels to the southern tip of Manhattan in order to save people trying to escape the debris and chaos of Ground Zero.