Coast Guard Continues Rescue/Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Repubic

MIAMI – U.S. Coast Guard aircrews saved 12 more lives and distributed 13,378 rations of food and 62,230 rations of water Saturday to victims of Tropical Storm Noel in the Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard aircrews flew a combined total of 23.2 hours Saturday during 12 sorties and have, since Thursday, saved 54 lives and distributed 29,278 rations of food.

Among those rescued or assisted Saturday were:

  • Nine people caught in flood waters and clinging to rocks and trees after a vehicle was swept away by strong currents. Among the nine were Good Samaritans who attempted to rescue the people originally in the vehicle. All nine people were safely recovered by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer.
  • A woman and her two young children, stranded in an isolated area, were safely recovered by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer.
  • A medical team was delivered to El Atorro, Dominican Republic, by the aircrew of an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
  • An HU-25 Falcon jet delivered a total of 13 people and 2,000 pounds of equipment to San Isidro from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
  • A Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft delivered a total of 1,872 gallons of water from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, to San Isidro.

The Coast Guard has been providing assistance in the Dominican Republic since Thursday after humanitarian relief and search and rescue assistance was requested by the country’s president from the United States through the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

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