Coast Guard aircrews transport stranded medical personnel to Wilmington

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City transported stranded medical personnel to work at an operational hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The hospital was unreachable by ground due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, but it was functioning and treating patients. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton/Released.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City transported stranded medical personnel to work at an operational hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. . U. S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC. — A Coast Guard aircrew transported 17 medical personnel to New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, Monday.

Congressman David Rouzer, representative for the Seventh Congressional District of North Carolina, noticed the medical personnel were stranded due to conditions left in the wake of hurricane Florence and requested Coast Guard assistance.

Coast Guard air and surface crews have rescued 434 people and 234 pets since Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday.

Over 3,000 Coast Guard members deployed to North Carolina are working with state and local partners responding across the state to rescue those in distress.

35 deployed shallow-water response boat crews have cleared 565 miles of road across the state and are working with local county agencies to rescue those in distress.

The Coast Guard urges the public to use 911 or VHF Ch. 16 if in distress.

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