NJ Church Group Airlifted Out of Haiti

Both groups are reportedly OK

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 10:12 AM EDT
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One of the New Jersey church groups who were in Haiti when the major earthquake hit have gotten out of the country.

Pastor Joe McCarthy of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown says the 15-member group was airlifted Wednesday by an Icelandic plane that delivered supplies to Port-au-Prince. They were taken to the Bahamas and hoped to be home Thursday or Friday.

Second NJ Group Also in Haiti

The pastor says it's not clear how they managed to get out of the earthquake-ravaged nation.

He says when the earthquake hit, the missionaries were driven from an orphanage where they were staying to the airport in the capital and spent Tuesday night in a park.

A church group from Mercer County is safe at the U.S. embassy.

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