Residents of towns cut off by Hurricane Ian’s destruction were rescued on Saturday by a highly skilled crew crossing canals in hard-hit places like Pine and Sanibel Island.
These 15-foot rubber inflatable boats are for sale. They are quite capable in calmer seas, said to Lt. Joshua Welsh of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Strike Force.
The nation-wide urgent flood response team has been aiding in life-saving rescue operations even before Hurricane Ian made landfall.
Our boats are better equipped to enter shallow regions, so we’ve been traveling through canals and visiting difficult-to-reach locations, according to Welsh, who is in charge of the multi-missioned team.
The squad has helped with 50 rescues thus far.
He said that they could be transported and had back wheels that could fold down.
Welch said the rescues are challenging but gratifying since they take place in places where other organizations can’t.
It’s draining yet rewarding. He stated, “Even simply talking to someone gives them that sense of comfort that we’re out there and available if they need us. It’s quite satisfying.
The National Strike Force will turn its attention to recovery in the following days.
Welch stated, “We’re inspecting for oil spills, checking for any form of contamination, and monitoring the status of the ports.
The team performed 45 wellness checks on Sanibel and Pine Islands in addition to 50 rescues on Saturday. This organization is only one of several that are working to locate individuals who are trapped and shut off from the mainland.