With vital emergency supplies, food and medicine still not reaching countless hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and other stricken Caribbean islands, private air and yacht charters are stepping in to render aid.
Several relief missions in recent days have departed from South Florida airports and marinas bound for Caribbean islands decimated by hurricanes Maria and Irma — and more are on the way.
Early Saturday, two private planes are set to depart from National Jets at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport carrying 100 water purification systems and satellite phones for delivery to residents in hard-to-reach communities on the west coast of Puerto Rico.
The charters are organized by the San Francisco-based family foundation of Puerto Rican-born private equity investor Orlando Bravo. The foundation has committed up to $10 million to sponsor hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. territory.