Coast Guard Air Station Detroit crew conducts medevacs in Haiti

DETROIT – A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit aircrew has been flying around the clock in support of earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

Flying the HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, yesterday’s mission involved evacuation of several trauma patients from the small village of Milot, which is nestled in the mountains 60 miles north of Port Au Prince. U.S. Coast Guard and United Nations security was required in the small village, as mobs of local residents rushed the helicopter as it landed.

Avionics Electrical Technician 2nd Class Duane Zitta handled the loading and care of the patients, and on several occasions had to assist in moving the crowd away from the turning helicopter blades.

Multiple trips from the village to awaiting Coast Guard Cutters in the bay resulted in the successful evacuation of nine trauma patients throughout an arduous six-hour flight. Patients included a small girl and a young boy with severely injured legs.

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