From today's CG operational brief:
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 “Hercules” Long Range Surveillance Aircraft assisted in the rescue of more than 500 people yesterday saving more than 10 lives while providing support to New Orleans communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Air Station Clearwater launched the HC-130 which arrived in New Orleans and acted as the on-scene coordinator for search and rescue missions in the area.It's like a big, choreographed dance. Pictured here are two different Coast Guard birds: a Jayhawk in the right pic and a Dolphin in the left.
As of the morning of 1 September, Coast Guard helicopters have rescued over 1,700 people from rooftops in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.