Coast Guard working around the clock providing assistance to Haitian survivors

MIAMI — Coast Guard crews continue to work around the clock Monday to provide assistance to Haitian survivors. The complexities crews face with this massive relief operation are immense due to the magnitude of damage to Haiti’s infrastructure.

The Coast Guard will continue to support the massive relief effort in Haiti by providing humanitarian assistance to Haitian survivors, evacuating critically injured U.S. personnel, and evacuating U.S. citizens from Haiti.

The Coast Guard has medically transported 29 critically injured U.S. Embassy personnel out of the country and evacuated approximately 662 American citizens. The Coast Guard has also delivered 512 Urban Search and Rescue Team members to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Coast Guard Cutter Oak arrived in Haiti Sunday with medical supplies and aids-to-navigation equipment. After offloading the medical supplies, the crew of the Oak was tasked with identifying and marking areas of safe navigation and assisting with the restoration of port operations at the port in Port-au-Prince. Rhis will allow larger ships with humanitarian supplies to start getting supplies into the country.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma conducted soundings of the sea bottom along the south pier in Port-au-Prince harbor in preparation to moor the Crimson Clover, a 270 foot barge scheduled to deliver humanitarian supplies. Cutters Tahoma and Mohawk, along with Haitian coast guard vessels, escorted the Crimson Clover to port Sunday.

Crews from the Coast Guard cutters Tahoma and Mohawk are working to reconstitute the Killick Haitian coast guard base, which was damaged during the earthquake. The base has also been set up as a makeshift medical facility where personnel are treating and assisting Haitian survivors.

Coast Guard air crews from multiple air stations have conducted overflight assessments to ascertain damage levels in Port-au-Prince and other areas of the country, including the country’s ports. Those assessments provide critical information to determine where to focus rescue efforts and how to continue to get aid into the country.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk continues to provide air traffic management duties for Coast Guard aircraft operating in the Port-au-Prince area.

For imagery and video of Coast Guard relief efforts in Haiti, click here.

Coast Guard assests which have responded to the area are:

  • The crew of the HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.
  • One HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • The crew of an HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento.
  • Two HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crews from Barber’s Point, Hawaii.
  • One MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard HITRON based in Jacksonville, Fla., and Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Mich.
  • Two HU-25 Falcon jet crews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Miami.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Fla.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, N.H.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Charleston, S.C.

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