Coast Guard punt team rescues survivors in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Coast Guard flood Punt team helps survivors evacuate Houston floods during Hurricane Harvey. Punts are small boats teams respond to floods or natural disasters.

U.S. Coast Guard flood Punt team helps survivors evacuate Houston floods during Hurricane Harvey. 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard flood punt team helps survivors evacuate Houston floods during Hurricane Harvey Sunday. Punts are small boat teams that respond to floods or natural disasters.

There are three punt teams, with three boats each, operating in Houston. Coast Guard air and ground teams have rescued more than 1450 people so far.

“The Coast Guard is continuing to work with all federal, state and local agencies for rescue operations in the Houston area. We have pulled assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable force,” said Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “This is a united effort that is still in the early stages and we are focused on the safety of those in the affected area and saving lives.”

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For imagery and video of Hurricane Harvey response, please visit the CoastGuardNews.com Flickr page.

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