boatlift

[ boht-lift ]
/ ˈboʊtˌlɪft /

noun

an operation in which large numbers of people or vast quantities of supplies are transported by ships or boats in an emergency.

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Origin of boatlift

boat + lift, perhaps modeled on airlift
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