Coast Guard rescue total reaches 72; crews prepare for third day of response

FARGO, N.D. — On the second day of rescue operations here, Thursday, March 26, 2009, Coast Guard rescue airboat and helicopter crews rescued 48 people from rising flood waters, for a two-day total of 72 people rescued.

An HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., rescued 15 people, including a family of three and their cat and dog, a 78-year-old man and three teenagers. The helicopter crews’ total rescue count for two days is 21.

Video of Thursday, March 26, 2009 rescues:

Coast Guard Rescues 3 teens and 3 adults

Coast Guard Rescues Man from Flooded Home

Coast Guard Rescues 3 People Cat and Dog

Coast Guard air boats were once again tasked with assisting stranded residents. Total resuces for Thursday, March 26, 2009, for the three air boat teams staged in Fargo rescued 33 people. Their two-day total is 51 rescues.

*Coast Guard Sector Sault St Marie, Mich., rescued 8
*Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued 10
*Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., rescued 15

In addition to the four air boat crews from Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., St. Claire Shores, Mich., Marblehead, Ohio, and Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; two helicopters, one from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., and Air Station New Orleans; and two Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) from St. Paul, Minn., and St. Louis; two additional DART teams have been activated, one from Cincinnati, and one Huntington, W.V., and will be reporting to the region this weekend. Two additional rescue helicopters and three more airboat teams are also on the way.

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