The Environment

The U.S. Coast Guard has deployed four helicopter aircrews to the Bahamas to assist with search and rescue in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, and operations are well under way. As of Wednesday afternoon, USCG crews have conducted at least 18 search and rescue sorties and saved more than 110 people from danger in the Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian brought severe flooding and widespread damage to the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, and the Coast Guard’s helicopters are currently among the only assets that are able to conduct rescues and medical evacuations in some areas affected by the storm. Debris, flooded roadways and inundated airport runways have made transportation and access a significant challenge for first responders and relief crews.  Read on.