Video: Air Station Houston HH-65C rescue During Hurricane Ike

Houston – In this U.S. Coast Guard video, an Air Station Houston HH-65C rescue helicopter crew completes one of the first rescues during Hurricane Ike.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched a HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew to airlift and transport approximately 22 to 50 people who had called authorities for help.

There had been warnings for residents to evacuate beforehand, and Chief Petty Officer Michael O’Berry was asked why they didn’t get out in time.

He said he believes these residents “didn’t understand, I guess, the strength of the storm. As it came about, they realized it’s a lot stronger than they may have anticipated.”

U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Houston

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