Ninth Coast Guard District units respond to Deepwater Horizon oil spill

CLEVELAND – The Ninth Coast Guard District has deployed additional assets and personnel in support of the Deepwater Horizon response oil spill mission in the Gulf of Mexico.

As part of a unified multi-agency effort, 148 people, four air boats, an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) have now been deployed from the Ninth District to the Gulf of Mexico. This mission is an ongoing effort to protect the fragile ecosystem in the gulf and mitigate the effects of the oil spill.

As part of this effort, the Ninth Coast Guard District deployed the four airboats, with a complement of 22 crewmembers, hailing from small boat stations at Belle Isle, Mich., Saginaw River, Mich., Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., Alexandria Bay, New York, and Marblehead, Ohio. Ninth District airboat crews were previously deployed for search and rescue, and pollution recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Before mobilizing local units for this or any deployment, the Coast Guard conducts a comprehensive assessment to ensure that local missions are not at risk. The men and women of the Ninth Coast Guard District stand ready to respond to any maritime emergency worldwide, but our first priority is always to the citizens of the Great Lakes.

The Ninth Coast Guard District encompasses 6,700 miles of American shoreline and over 1,500 miles of an international border with Canada. Approximately 6,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian members assigned to the Coast Guard serve the district. During an average year, the Ninth District saves $12,880,600 in property and responds to 439 marine casualty and pollution cases.

For media inquiries, contact the Ninth Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office at (216) 902-6020.

For the latest information on cleanup efforts, please visit the Unified Command website.

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