Helicopter rescue team returns home from Texas to assist in Irma recovery

The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatics Rescue Team (SC HART) returned home after assisting with Hurricane Harvey to face assisting its own citizens in light of Hurricane Irma.


Courtesy of Greenville City Council

The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatics Rescue Team (SC HART) returned home after assisting with Hurricane Harvey to face assisting its own citizens in light of Hurricane Irma.

The team deployed to Texas last Tuesday at the request of the Texas governor to assist in search and rescue operations after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, according to the City of Greenville’s website.

“The SC HART team, combined with both the North Carolina and Texas HART teams, and along with the U.S. Coast Guard, flew 47 missions, with four of those missions resulting in rescues. Both SC and NC HART were released early due to Hurricane Irma,” the Greenville website said. “The most notable SC HART mission was the rescue of a family of three, including an 8-week-old baby who was ill and required medical attention. The family’s home had been cut off by flooding.”

The SC HART team additionally completed the rescue of an elderly woman trapped by flood waters. 


The SC HART team, combined with both the North Carolina and Texas HART teams, and along with the U.S. Coast Guard, flew 47 missions in Texas.   Contributed image

“Hurricane Harvey is the first time SC HART has deployed out of state,” according to the Greenville city’s website.  “Prior to Harvey, SC HART assisted in Columbia in what has become known as the “1,000-Year Flood” in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and has flown many missions assisting South Carolinians from the mountains of the Upstate to the coastal areas.”

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