East Flatbush woman survives Hurricane Irma in St. Martin

Posted: Updated:
BROOKLYN -

An East Flatbush woman describes what she and her friends faced in St. Martin during Hurricane Irma as an "escape from paradise."

Herlynne Pierre says there was a desperate plea for help from firefighters after she and her girlfriends spent 18 hours in a small bathroom in St. Martin.

"We started screaming, 'We are in here, we are in here!'" she says.

It was the only safe place in their vacation home during Irma. Pierre and her friends went to St. Martin Labor Day weekend to celebrate a friend's birthday.

After being helped by firefighters, the survivors reached out to elected officials, which led to them being rescued by the United States military. They were taken to Puerto Rico and returned to the continental U.S. Sunday night.

Pierre says the entire ordeal was traumatic, but she's thankful that she and her friends are alive.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Historical photos of the Coney Island Boardwalk

    Historical photos of the Coney Island Boardwalk

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:57:42 GMT
    The Coney Island Boardwalk has officially been declared a historical landmark. Here are some photos of the boardwalk taken nearly 120 years ago.
    The Coney Island Boardwalk has officially been declared a historical landmark. Here are some photos of the boardwalk taken nearly 120 years ago.
  • PHOTOS: Fleet Week 2018

    PHOTOS: Fleet Week 2018

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:53:14 GMT
    Fleet Week 2018Fleet Week 2018
    Fleet Week 2018Fleet Week 2018

    Photos of the 2018 Fleet Week ships coming up the Hudson River to Manhattan. There are 14 ships for the public to visit and tour. The celebration lasts a week. It has been held nearly every year since 1984.

    Photos of the 2018 Fleet Week ships coming up the Hudson River to Manhattan. There are 14 ships for the public to visit and tour. The celebration lasts a week. It has been held nearly every year since 1984.

  • Memorial Day 2018 Photos

    Memorial Day 2018 Photos

    Whether you are honoring loved ones, attending a parade or spending time with family, News 12 wants to see your Memorial Day photos. Post them on Instagram or Twitter with #N12MemorialDay.

    Whether you are honoring loved ones, attending a parade or spending time with family, News 12 wants to see your Memorial Day photos. Post them on Instagram or Twitter with #N12MemorialDay.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."