The U.S. Coast Guard rescued people affected by the flooding from Hurricane Florence via helicopter in Onslow County, North Carolina.

The Coast Guard said they currently have seven helicopters in New Bern, North Carolina, that are coordinating with state emergency operators to get victims to higher ground.

“We’ll send a rescue basket down and you get into the rescue basket and we pick you back up and it’s a pretty quick evolution,” the Commanding Officer added. “We can pull you up anywhere between 300 up to 600 feet per minute.”

Commanding Officer, Joe Deer told News 3 that many helicopters, aircrews and maintenance teams are helping out in New Bern, N.C.

“While the storm was just turning over in the coast yesterday, it was frustrating to not be able to get down there and assist so we were ready for it this morning,” he said. “We got calls as early as 3 o’clock and we were airborne by 5 (o’clock Saturday morning).”

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