Thursday, August 30, 2007

1,000,000 Saves

As much as real sailors (Navy) joke about the Coasties; I must salute this milestone:

1 million people saved by the US Coast Guard.

The number one rescue was:

• Hurricane Katrina Search and rescue operations alone saved 24,135
lives from imminent danger, usually off the roofs of the victims’ homes
as flood waters lapped at their feet. Coast Guardsmen “evacuated to
safety” 9,409 patients from local hospitals. In total, 33,545 souls
were saved. Seventy-six Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft
took part in the rescues. They flew 1,817 sorties with a total flight
time of 4,291.3 hours in the air. The air crews saved 12,535. A total
of 42 cutters and 131 small boats also participated, with their crews
rescuing 21,200. Over 5,000 Coast Guardsmen served in Katrina

Yep, the pale blue sailors done good.

Bravo Zulu to the US Coast Guard.

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