Always ready, the Coast Guard’s new Response Boat - Medium (RB-M) responded to a passenger airline ditch in New York’s Hudson River Thursday afternoon.
As part of a joint, multi-agency multi-asset response, the RB-M was able to utilize its advanced capabilities to support both the immediate rescue operations and the follow-up recovery work. The Station New York RB-M crew spent the night searching the water using the boat’s FLIR capability to ensure they had recovered all survivors.
U.S. Airways flight 1549, an Airbus A320, was flying to Charlotte, North Carolina from New York’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday afternoon, when it was required to ditch into the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan, New York. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Initial estimates are that the Coast Guard rescued 35 people, and took them to a medical staging area at the Chelsea piers. There have been no reports of serious injury for any of the crew or passengers.
The new 45-foot RB-M was designed to meet Coast Guard mission requirements for search and rescue; ports, waterways, and coastal security; drug interdiction; and migrant interdiction. The Coast Guard’s fifth RB-M was delivered to Station New York on Dec. 12, 2008.
For more information on the RB-M, please visit: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/rbm/default.asp.