Coast Guard helicopter crews rescue mudslide victims in Santa Barbara

A crew member looks down on homes and streets of a neighborhood affected by the Santa Barbara County mudslides in Santa Barbara, California are shown, Jan. 9, 2018, from the perspective of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew involved in rescuing injured and stranded victims. Coast Guard helicopters were dispatched from Los Angeles-Long Beach and San Diego to assist local first responders with rescue efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A crew member looks down on homes and streets of a neighborhood affected by the Santa Barbara County mudslides Jan. 9, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued and medevaced several mudslide victims in Santa Barbara County area, Tuesday.

Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco manned Coast Guard  Forward Operating Base Point Mugu and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Sector San Diego continued to assist Santa Barbara County and local first responder agencies with rescue efforts for the mudslides in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, on Tuesday.

At approximately 4:27 p.m., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a dialysis patient from a country club golf course in Montecito, and transported the patient and spouse to EMS at Santa Barbara Airport.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk crews evacuated 21 people from a country club golf course in Santa Barbara County.

In total, the Coast Guard assisted local authorities in saving or assisting 38 lives, and assisting 15 pets during yesterday’s rescue efforts.

The Coast Guard encourages the public within the affected areas to:

  • Shelter-in-place or go to high ground and stay off the roads.
  • Take protective actions to stay safe. Avoid downed power lines and trees, do not try to leave and do not drive across flowing water or mud.
  • Stay off the roads to allow emergency operations to take place in areas impacted by the storm and mudslides.
  • Stay informed through the County of Santa Barbara’s social media, website and information line for the latest on road closures, weather, transportation assistance and evacuation areas. The information line can be accessed via phone at 805-681-5542 or text 805-699-0165. Always call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.



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