167 American citizens remained stranded on board the 68 meter Maria Dolores for days in Libya because the US failed to charter a larger vessel. Rough seas prevented the smaller ship from departing the Tripoli port.
Meanwhile the Greek Government chartered the 204 meter Hellenic Spirit and sailed her passengers to safety days earlier. To worsen matters for Americans stranded amid chaos and violence, the British Government, China and India chartered planes to help their evacuees, while Libyan authorities refused the U.S permission to land any chartered aircraft. Read the full story.