San Diego Coast Guard crew conducts multiple rescues during mudslide response in Santa Barbara County

Homes and streets of a neighborhood affected by the Santa Barbara County mudslides in Santa Barbara, California are shown, Jan. 9, 2018, from the perspective of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew involved in rescuing injured and stranded victims. Coast Guard helicopters were dispatched from Los Angeles-Long Beach and San Diego to assist local first responders with rescue efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Homes and streets of a neighborhood affected by the Santa Barbara County mudslides in Santa Barbara, California are shown, Jan. 9, 2018 (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard conducted multiple rescues during a mudslide response in Santa Barbara County, Tuesday.

At approximately 9 a.m., Tuesday, a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched to assist Santa Barbara County Fire Department with rescues after heavy rains caused mudslides in the Santa Barbara County area. 

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Jayhawk crew was notified of a family needing assistance in Carpentaria, Calif. The crew arrived on scene and lowered both rescue swimmers to evaluate the situation. In all, five family members were rescued, including the mother, father, their newborn, seven-year-old son, three-year-old daughter and two dogs. The family was transported to a staging area with Santa Barbara County emergency crews.

A second Jayhawk helicopter crew was dispatched to assist, and upon arriving to the area, both Jayhawk crews began to assist the California National Guard in evacuating a shelter beset by the storm.

Combined, both Jayhawk crews rescued more than 20 evacuees and pets from the shelter to a new site.

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