Today in Coast Guard History – December 24th

  • 1955-Being the first rescue unit to reach the flood disaster scene in northern California, a Coast Guard helicopter hoisted 138 persons to safety within 12 hours. The first 58 were made possible because of a light of a small handheld searchlight from positions of peril among chimneys, television antennas, and trees. In all, the Coast Guard assisted Federal, state, and local agencies in saving over 500 persons by helicopters and boats.

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