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Huntington-based Coast Guard swiftwater rescue team deploys to NC


The Herald-Dispatch

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Huntington Unit are shown May 23, 2018, at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington. Pictured from left are Lenn Pitt, Michael Nunnery, Dimitri Georgopoulos, Daniel Rynard and Zach Butterfield. The unit has deployed to Greensboro, N.C., ahead of Hurricane Florence.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit of Huntington has deployed to Greensboro, North Carolina, ahead of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm expected to make landfall by at least Thursday.

In somewhat perfect timing, the swift-water rescue team completed exercises and training skills last week when the hurricane was just a distant threat, said Chris Blank, public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard in Huntington. They got the call Tuesday to deploy for a staging area in North Carolina, where they will await further instructions.

The crew has with them shallow-water pumps designed to gain quick access to neighborhoods and divert floodwaters in the event of a rescue.

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