Northern California Coast Guard unit deploys in support of Haiti relief

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Coast Guard personnel from Northern California are en route to the East Coast in support of relief efforts for the victims in Haiti following Tuesday’s earthquake in that country.

Earlier this afternoon, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Sacramento departed with two flight crews, along with 22 representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The HC-130 will head to Florida, initially, where they will receive further orders and instructions.

“Our aircraft is capable of transporting relief supplies, mobilizing search and rescue teams, evacuating injured people and conducting damage assessment overflights,” said Lt.j.g Kevan Hanson of Air Station Sacramento.

“The earthquake is a terrible tragedy. We are glad we’re able to help alongside other U.S. agencies and other nations who are coming to the aid of the Haitian people.”

U.S. Coast Guard video Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela Manns

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