I wish I could take my Mobil-gas-station-owning-car-repair-shop-companion everywhere I go. Nobody wants to be friends faster than with a mechanic!
Earlier this spring, while vacationing on the vulnerable island nation of Puerto Rico, George and I braved a zipline adventure in the Toro Negro with ACAMPA. Our guide, Ludgardo took a liking to “Jorge” – who doesn’t it?
This video is but a distance memory of the jungle fun we had, thanks to Ludgardo.
As you all know, Hurricane Maria flattened this tropical paradise Wednesday night. Biblical rains and destructive winds knocked out electricity and much of the water supply to millions of people in San Juan and surrounding communities.
Jorge’s friend, like all Puerto Ricans, jumped into action. He and his van bombed through the flooded streets of San Juan looking to rescue people clinging to debris. No surprise then that his vehicle alternator went haywire from the unrelenting rain.
Ludgardo’s cell was luckily operational so he reached out to his gringo connection. Jorge walked him through the complicated fix. Minutes later he was back in his truck searching for victims that continues today.
Should anybody know of anyone in Puerto Rico that can help Ludgardo with his efforts to save lives, here is what he needs:
1. A school bus.
2. A team of rock climbers, tour guides and experts in rappelling – especially in close spaces. All need to be trained in search and rescue with equipment, ropes, carabiners, GPS, radios, etc…
3. People willing to lend their fishing boats.
To reach Ludgardo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell Phone: 239-205-5450
Our thoughts and hearts are with you, Ludgardo!