A family was stranded on Dog Island, FL in their vacation home after heavy rain and a storm surge due to Tropical Storm Debby. The family was comprised of 5 adults, 4 children, and 2 dogs. They were on a narrow stretch of the island and after water surrounded the house with water they found themselves with no way to evacuate. The island is only accessible by ferry, boat or a small airplane and the ferry service that took them to the island was no longer operating due to the weather conditions. The high tide for the area at that time was said to be 3.5 feet above normal.
Coast Guard News Release
The Weather Channel Article
After receiving the distress call at 12:30PM on Sunday the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center located in Mobile, Alabama dispatched a MH-60 Helicopter and crew to assist the family in evacuating and took them to the Carrabelle Airport in Florida. Their were no injuries reported.
|Example of a Coast Guard MH-60|
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