NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued more than 50 people in distress from rooftops, automobiles and trailers due to flooding in the Baton Rouge area, Saturday. Overnight they rescued 15 people and assisted 70 more.
Coast Guard aircrews were the only search and rescue resources flying continuously overnight.
Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and one MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama are assisting the Baton Rouge Police Department, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the Louisiana National Guard in the assisting or rescuing more than 300 people.
The Coast Guard continues to support as requested by local authorities.