Courtesy of WOWSA, Orlando, Florida.

Millions of people were caught within the ravages of the recent hurricanes that hit the Caribbean nations and southern American states from Texas to Florida. With days of heavy rainfall, flooded streets and storm surges that threatened property and lives, many non-swimmers faced difficult positions.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Yuko Matsuzaki [shown above] is obviously comfortable in the water and was able to help others in need over the recent weeks.

I established a temporary office for the Japanese Consulate in the Rosen Hotel in Orlando [Florida] where I assisted local Japanese and many Japanese tourist [during the hurricanes]. It was really windy. Fortunately, damages to buildings and homes were small, but 80% of the area lost power and 50% of the people are still struggling to deal without power here. I lost power in my apartment, but I am very lucky to be able to stay in a hotel.”

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