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The Coast Guard conducts SAR operations due Hurricane Ida

The Coast Guard conducts SAR operations due Hurricane Ida
The Coast Guard conducts Hurricane Ida post-storm overflights along the Gulf Coast on August 30, 2020.
Assets conducted critical incident search and rescue overflights and assessing for damage along the Gulf Coast Region of Louisiana following Hurricane Ida.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Dickinson.

NEW ORLEANS —​ The Coast Guard has conducted a total of six SAR operations due Hurricane Ida has saving a total of 13 people and 2 animals, and assisting 6 people, as of Tuesday.

Flight crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod have conducted these efforts. Their total flight time for the following cases are 27 hours and 42 minutes.

The following SAR operations due Hurricane Ida were conducted by Air Station New Orleans:

  • August 30 – Leeville, La. – The Coast Guard received a report that a man had been struck in the head during the storm by a window. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew landed on a highway and embarked the patient and took him to West Jefferson Hospital in stable condition.
  • August 30 – Port Sulphur, La. – The Coast Guard received a report at 11 p.m. a shrimp boat caught fire and one of the crew members managed to swim to shore. An MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew landed on the highway in nighttime conditions, navigating down power lines and debris. The aircrew member was transferred to West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, La.
  • August 31 – Grand Isle, La. – An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew responded to a report of two men needing medical assistance; one having difficulties from a preexisting condition and the other with a leg injury. The aircrew lowered the rescue swimmer to assess the patients while the pilots landed the helicopter on the beach to conserve fuel and provide a stable loading platform. The patients were transferred to University Medical Center in New Orleans.​
The Coast Guard conducts SAR operations due Hurricane Ida
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conduct a training flight at Aviation Training Center Mobile in Alabama on Aug. 27, 2021, ahead of Hurricane Ida.
Coast Guard crew prepare and relocate aircraft out of the main path of the storm to be ready to respond as soon as the worst passes.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Pigage.

The following search and rescue efforts were conducted by Aviation Training Center Mobile:

  • August 30 – Houston, Tx. – While deployed in Houston, an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew assisted in hospital transfers of four patients.
  • August 30 – La Place, La. – An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevac a middle-aged woman suffering from seizures and transferred her to West Jefferson Hospital. A secondary MH-65 Dolphin helicopter also transported two of her family members to Air Station New Orleans where a vehicle was waiting to drive them to the hospital.​

The following search and rescue was conducted by Air Station Cape Cod:

  • August 30 – Grand Isle, La. – An MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew conducted a beach landing to check for signs of distress and found eight people and two felines in a severely damaged motel. They requested to depart the island to safety. The aircrew transported everyone to the parking lot of the Houma Civic Center.

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