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Posted: 8/31/2005 7:54:22 PM EDT
Marines rescue stranded hurricane victims

By Christian Lowe and Christopher Munsey
Times staff writer

Marines rescued more than 100 people stranded by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina Monday after tides and high winds pummeled cities along the Gulf of Mexico coast.
Leathernecks with the Reserve’s reinforced 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, based in Gulfport, Miss., navigated the debris-filled streets of Biloxi late Aug. 29, plucking dazed citizens from their battered homes.

About 130 people were rescued by the Marines, who drove two AAV7 Amphibious Assault Vehicles through the destruction.

The amtrackers took the flood victims “to a designated drop-off point where they were returned to safety by civilian authorities,” according to a news release from Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport. One amtrac in the operation rescued 100 people, making four trips with 25 victims crammed into the crew compartment, a Navy spokeswoman said.

Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalions 1, 7 and 133 — based in Gulfport — are clearing a 10-mile-long stretch of road to the nearby town of Pass Christian so civilian authorities could rescue stranded citizens there, the spokeswoman said.

The Marine amtrackers headed to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport today for rescue operations there, but no further details were available.

Katrina pummeled the Gulf coast after it made landfall Monday, unleashing 145-mph winds and pushing a rain-fueled storm surge that broke through a levee protecting low-lying New Orleans. The break put 80 percent the historic city under as much as 20 feet of water, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people who had did not heed warnings to leave the city during the weekend.

Officials along the Gulf coast of Mississippi reported as many as 80 people killed by the storm in one county, a death toll that officials throughout the region say will likely rise.

Link Posted: 8/31/2005 7:56:18 PM EDT

Amtracks to the rescue.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 8:28:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mmx1:
Amtracks to the rescue.

Seems like it would be the perfect vehicle for this type of work.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 9:03:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2005 9:11:49 PM EDT by _DR]
Now they need to go after the looters.
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