(DAILY MAIL) — Dozens of tourists stuck on the Caribbean island of St Thomas during Hurricane Irma were refused available places on a rescue ferry send by Marriott Hotels because they were not their guests.

Hundreds had been stranded on St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in the wake of Hurricane Irma and had been told a rescue ship would come to their aid on on Friday.

However, some 35 people were told they would not be allowed on the ship – despite an alleged 1,300 free seats – as they had not been Marriott guests when the hurricane hit.

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