5,600 responders. 33,500 lives saved. 1 U.S. Coast Guard.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike the United States. The U.S. Coast Guard played a significant role in the planning, response, and recovery operations conducted in three mission areas: search and rescue, marine pollution response, and the management of maritime commerce. Coast Guardsmen saved more than 33,500 individuals; rescuing from peril 24,135 lives and evacuating 9,409 medical patients to safety. This unprecedented rescue and the ensuing response are remembered as one of the largest search and rescue challenges in Coast Guard history, involving units from every district; over 5,600 Coast Guardsmen participated.
Paratus 14:50 is an upcoming, feature-length documentary on the United States Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The story will specifically focus on Coast Guard air rescues carried out by Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile across southern Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in the first two weeks of the response. These men and women helped contribute to pulling more than 33.500 people from the impacted areas; the greatest single rescue in our nation’s history.