Coast Guard crew conducts multiple rescues during mudslide

The San Diego Coast Guard conducted multiple rescues on Jan. 9 during a mudslide response in Santa Barbara County.

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At approximately 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, 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, California. The crew arrived on scene and lowered both rescue swimmers to evaluate the situation.

Combined, two Jayhawk crews rescued more than 20 evacuees and pets from the shelter to a new site. Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy Photo
Combined, two Jayhawk crews rescued more than 20 evacuees and pets from the shelter to a new site. Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy Photo
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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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