At least 10 U.S. Coast Guard members stationed on the North Coast are assisting with rescues amid Hurricane Katrina's destruction.

Two rescue swimmers departed from Air Station Astoria last week and have already assisted in several rescues in New Orleans, said Cmdr. John Turner, operations officer at the air station.

A flight mechanic and a pilot also departed late last week, and at least four more officers from Air Station Astoria will travel to Louisiana to assist with operations.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment on Monday sent one boatswain's mate and will send another in about one week to help debrief and counsel rescuers. The station will likely send five or six others to help in the upcoming weeks, said Lt. Jamie Frederick, Station Cape Disappointment commanding officer.

"We'll send as many as we can," Frederick said. "We won't alter our ability to respond here, but we'll run with a skeleton crew if we have to."


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