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Leipold uses yacht to send supplies to Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

Wild owner's crew shipped water, medical personnel to islands

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Some have donated money to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Craig Leipold donated use of his yacht.

The Minnesota Wild owner used the massive ship "Loon" to donate more than 10 tons of supplies and also ship first responders and medical personnel to the Abaco Islands after Hurricane Dorian recently battered the islands.

"Everything got wiped out," Leipold told the Wild website. "We're so glad they are there. A lot of people are receiving water and supplies and food and chainsaws, and they're providing any kind of medical help they can."

Instagram from @motoryachtloon: Yesterday was such an incredible day see'ing everyone come together to help aid the Bahamas 🥰 thank you to All those that assisted and helped. Donations are still very much needed. Please see link in bio 🙌🙏 @yachtaidglobal📸 @henrodevos- MY Cynthia- MY turquoise- MY Anna marie- MY perla- MY hospitality - @cbsbahamas- @cocacolabahamas - local churches- the Liddell family @jammyjamie242 -Peter Wagner - bo and Pete ...#motoryacht #yacht #bahamas #yachting #charter #charteryacht #yachts #myloon #exuma #yachtlife #yachtworld #yachtie #luxurylifestyle #luxury #yachtlife #instayacht #livelife #yachtcharter #yachtparty #boatlife #saltlife #megayacht #superyacht #vacation #holiday #island #boatday #boating #christensen #drone

The storm, which hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane Aug. 24, caused 43 deaths and left 70,000 people homeless on the islands as of Friday according to NBC News. 

Leipold's boat was in a position to help after its crew embarked from the Bahamas to Florida to refuel and relax for the winter. But they'd stopped in Nassau to ride out the storm, and after hearing of the devastation, captain Paul Clarke informed Leipold that he and his crew wanted to help.

"He said 'we have an opportunity to really provide some significant relief for Abaco," Leipold said. "They were in a unique position because they were directly south. … As soon as the hurricane was going through Abaco, our captain, who is a super person, said they would go and be an emergency boat."

Instagram from @motoryachtloon: Yesterday was such an incredible day see'ing everyone come together to help aid the Bahamas 🥰 thank you to All those that assisted and helped. Donations are still very much needed. Please see link in bio 🙌🙏 @yachtaidglobal📸 @henrodevos- MY Cynthia- MY turquoise- MY Anna marie- MY perla- MY hospitality - @cbsbahamas- @cocacolabahamas - local churches- the Liddell family @jammyjamie242 -Peter Wagner - bo and Pete ...#motoryacht #yacht #bahamas #yachting #charter #charteryacht #yachts #myloon #exuma #yachtlife #yachtworld #yachtie #luxurylifestyle #luxury #yachtlife #instayacht #livelife #yachtcharter #yachtparty #boatlife #saltlife #megayacht #superyacht #vacation #holiday #island #boatday #boating #christensen #drone

Leipold deferred credit to Clarke for springing to action. But Clarke gave Leipold his due as well.

"[Leipold] didn't hesitate when I asked him," Clarke told the Wild website. "I didn't even have to explain it to him that it was going to cost this much money. We're burning fuel by the hour out here, and he didn't even think about it. It's such a great thing."

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