Coast Guard rescues 8 from rooftops in Pinetops, NC

60 Elizabeth CityWILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued eight people from rooftops Sunday in Pinetops.

Fifth District watchstanders received a report at approximately 9 a.m. from Edgecombe Fire Department personnel that eight people were stranded on top of roofs in Pinetops due to high water and needed evacuation.

A MH-60 Jayhawk air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched and arrived in Pinetops. The air crew rescued the eight people and took them to Pitt Greenville Airport.

“We were glad to assist our partners from Edgecombe Fire Department in this rescue effort,”  said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Koser, Assistant operations officer at Air Station Elizabeth City. “Our crews are standing by to assist our emergency response partners with future requests.”

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