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Sunday, September 04, 2005

keep pressure on

From CNN, Sept. 4th, 9pm:
Officials say they do not have the manpower, the resources or enough time to save everyone.

"My guys are coming back and telling me, 'Sir, I went into a house, and there are three elderly people in their beds, and they're gasping, and they're dying,' " Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones said. "And we got calls today, 'We need you ... to go to a place in St. Bernard Parish. It's a hospice, ... and there are 10 dead and there are 10 dying.' But those people were probably alive yesterday or the day before."

Though pilots, rescue crew members and maintenance workers are red-eyed and exhausted, they're refusing to rest, CNN's Karl Penhaul reported. For every person plucked from the flood, there are hundreds still waiting, rescuers say. "There's simply not enough resources," Jones said.

"It's an awful feeling to know you've not got everybody in time," rescue swimmer Chris Monville said. "You're trying to get everybody out. But in these temperatures the weak and the sick expire first, and it tears at your heart." Monville said he has rescued 126 people in a single day.

As of Sunday morning, the Coast Guard reported it rescued more than 17,000 people via helicopter, boat, cutter and ferry -- almost twice the number of lives it has saved in the past 50 years.

It's imperative to keep pressure on, and spread the world. The Coast Guard have been absolute heroes here...they need all the help they can get. Government is shut down...but you can always call the White House 202 456 1414....just say..."CNN says the Coast Guard needs help rescuing people in New Orleans."


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