Coast Guard rescues 6 from flood waters

OWEN COUNTY, Ill. – The Coast Guard rescued three adults and three children from a flooded camp ground here at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard launched a HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew to the camp ground after assistance was requested from the local emergency management agency on scene. The rescue helicopter crew hoisted and transported the six uninjured people to Spencer Elementary School.

The Coast Guard deployed rescue helicopters and crews from Detroit, Mich., and Traverse City, Mich., early Saturday and are currently operating out of the emergency operation center (EOC) at the Camp Atterbury Army Base.

“We have two crews and two aircraft and are eager and ready to help. The safety of the public is our primary reason for being here and our helicopter hoisting abilities are a vital asset here. The coordination between local, state and federal agencies responding to the flooded areas has been exceptional,” said Lt. Jude Coleman, Coast Guard liaison officer.

The Coast Guard will continue to actively assist Indiana during this flooding disaster throughout the day.

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