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HAITI – A local Coast Guard aircrew from Detroit has been flying around the clock in support of relief efforts in Haiti. Flying the HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, yesterday’s mission involved evacuation of several trauma patients from the small village of Milot, which is nestled in the mountains 60 miles north of Port Au Prince. Coast Guard and UN security was required in the small village, as mobs of local residents rushed the helicopter as it landed. AET2 Duane Zitta handled the loading and care of the patients, and on several occasions had to assist in marshalling the crowd away from the turning helicopter. Multiple trips from the village to awaiting Coast Guard Cutters in the bay resulted in the successful evacuation of 9 trauma patients throughout an arduous 6 hour flight. Patients included a small girl and a young boy with severely injured legs, who are pictured below as they are offloaded onto the cutter.

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