US Coast Guard helicopter crews save residents, pets in NC

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WILMINGTON, NC (Press Release) — Coast Guard response operations are underway in support of the state of North Carolina.

Coast Guard crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 193 people and 91 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.

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Coast Guard helicopter crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 133 people and 20 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.

Coast Guard shallow water response team from across the Coast Guard have rescued 60 people and 71 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.

Coast Guard shallow water response teams are supporting the North Carolina counties of Sampson, Cumberland, Columbus, Robeson, Hoke, Carteret, Brunswick and Lenoir by conducting rescues and clearing roads to enable emergency crews and shallow water vessels to reach those in distress.



Currently there are more than 3,000 Coast Guard members responding to Hurricane Florence.

There are 35 shallow-water rescue boat teams deployed to North Carolina.

The Coast Guard is currently conducting air operations based out of Elizabeth City and Savannah.

Port Condition Zulu remains in effect for the ports of Wilmington, Morehead City, and Georgetown, S.C. In Port Condition Zulu the port is closed, and all port operations are suspended.

“We are an agile and adaptive force, no matter the mission,” said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz. “Over the past 24 hours, Coast Guard men and women have saved lives, rescued pets, helped restore power, and teamed with local, state and federal partners in the whole-of-government response to Florence. We are America’s first responders. We are Always Ready.”