In what could be a scene directly out of a horror movie … Lahaina residents barely escape with their lives after diving into the ocean for relief from the city’s deadly fires.
The terrifying clip shows residents — many who appear to have grabbed whatever belongings they could last minute — getting into the water for shelter. Some cling onto pieces of wood to stick together, while others appear to be solo.
The smoke and ash make it almost impossible for residents to see, let alone breathe … and the diving into the water shows just how desperate the situation got on Maui.
As of Thursday night, the wildfires — which spread at an unimaginable speed because of high winds — were about 80% contained. However, there’s still been a significant loss of life, with at least 55 people reported dead and more expected once rescue efforts conclude.
Lahaina has seemingly taken the worst hit of the towns in the area — leaving it essentially flattened and thousands of residents without water, power and forms of communication.
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