Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Early birdmen get the rescues...

Navy pilots (and maybe all pilots) get a little competitive as reported here :
After nearly a day of searching flooded neighborhoods and hovering precariously close to power lines, Navy Seahawk 703 finally found people to rescue -- four men, two women and a dog wading through stinking, oily brown water. The four-member crew from North Island Naval Air Station at San Diego had been beaten to an earlier rescue by another helicopter.

"Someone gets a sniff ... and everyone comes running in and wants to play," said Lt. Cmdr. Tim "Durdo" Durdin, of St. Paul, Minn., the 37-year-old pilot. "We call it 'little kids' soccer.' This is now turning into search-and-rescue little kids' soccer, which is great. That means we've rescued them all, hopefully."
With over 330 helicopters in the area, the sky might be a little crowded.

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