Thursday, August 31, 2017

Coast Guard remains on the front line in Harvey search and rescue operations

While Ohio has not directly sent anyone yet to the Houston area the U.S. Coast Guard
has been very busy there, working with local, state and other federal governmental
agencies as well as such civilian assets as the “Cajun Navy” to offer aid and perform rescue operations.

This is the latest from the Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescued more than 940 people in the
greater Houston Metro Area, Wednesday.
"We are assessing the needs of the community around-the-clock and strategically placing
our punt teams in the best place to assist,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephanie Tindall,
marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “We have been working
closely with partnered agencies to ensure an effective and efficient response effort." 
The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to create
a sustainable response force. 
Currently, there are 33 Coast Guard helicopters and nine Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams,
with 12 shallow-draft vessels, capable of operating in flooded urban areas.
Coast Guard has rescued more than 4,500 people and more than 113 pets.

By Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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