Coast Guard Rescues in Harvey Disaster Exceed 4,300 People
HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued more than 4,361 people and 113 pets as of mid-day Aug. 30, the service’s 8thDistrict said in a release. “Currently, there are 21 Coast Guard helicopters and nine Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams, with 26 shallow-draft vessels, capable of operating in flooded urban areas,” the release said.
The Coast Guard also said the ports of Brownsville and Corpus Christi have been reopened as of 1 p.m. local time, with certain limitations remaining in effect for Corpus Christi. The Coast Guard has not yet completed channel surveys in all inlets, harbors and channels. The Corpus Christi Inner Security Zone also remains in effect.
“Recreational, commercial fishing and passenger vessels are not permitted to enter the security zone without permission from the COTP [captain of the port],” the service said in a second Aug. 30 release.” Vessels must have prearranged agreements to enter the Inner Harbor as a safe refuge.”
“This is one of many incremental steps to the waterways back to normal,” Capt. Tony Hahn, captain of the port and incident commander of the unified command in Corpus Christi, said in the second release. “We sincerely appreciate the support and understanding of the Port Corpus Christi Commission, mariners and industry as we ensure we do this right and quickly.”