Saltaire would have to be patched before she could float. The plan was to use a barge to raise her high enough to patch the damaged areas so that she could be towed to Puerto Rico for further repairs.
This of course took months to happen. She was grounded against the dock the night of Irma, September 6, 2017. Irma was followed by Hurricane Maria ten days later. As if Irma’s damage to the islands weren’t enough, Maria’s visit made it worst. Communications and the ability to travel on or between the islands became even more difficult. Airports were closed for weeks as was ferry service between islands and salvaging any vessel, much less one 70 feet long, became a magnanimous task.