Savannah Coast Guardsmen Join Katrina Rescue Efforts - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

08/31/05

Savannah Coast Guardsmen Join Katrina Rescue Efforts

More help from home is heading to the Gulf Coast to contribute to rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Four Coast Guardsmen stationed at the Coast Guard station at Hunter Army Airfield are flying to Mobile, Alabama. They packed their gear late yesterday afternoon for the quick flight over.

The Coast Guard has 22 helicopters based in Mobile, but not enough crews to fly them night and day on rescue missions.

The Coast Guard's Matthew Lave explained they'll be "looking for people who are still stranded. It's such a large area and so much of it has been destroyed. Not everywhere has been searched so we're going to go help as much as we can in that area."

Guardsmen at the base said last night the crews from Savannah will likely go straight from their flight over onto helicopters flying rescue missions immediately.

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