ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- Man -- and his best friend -- owe a debt of gratitude to Coast Guard helicopter crews based in Elizabeth City.
As the flooding caused by Hurricane Florence continues, the Coast Guard has staged search and rescue operations out of its air station in northeastern North Carolina, rescuing humans and pets alike.
A crew rescued a man and his small dog Lucky from a rooftop in a flooded area north of the Cape Fear River on Monday, according to the Coast Guard.
The man and the dog were in a van parked next to a building when the flooding began. They moved to the top of the van and eventually to the roof of the building before being lifted to safety in a basket together, the Coast Guard said.
The rescue is one of dozens that crews from Elizabeth City have been involved in since Hurricane Florence began devastating eastern North Carolina. Video provided by the Coast Guard shows that those rescued include at least one baby, a person in a wheelchair and plenty of animals.
By Sunday, the Coast Guard air crews had rescued more than 130 people and 20 pets, including cats and dogs. Those numbers have since grown, but specific figures were not readily available on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard is using its MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters. The helicopters have a range of 300 nautical miles, a speed of nearly 200 mph and can stay airborne for more than six hours, according to a Coast Guard fact sheet.
The helicopters come equipped with an electro-optical/infrared sensor system that allows aircrews to locate, identify and track people.
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