SANIBEL, Fla. (WFLA) — Two people and their dog were rescued from Sanibel Island Thursday after their neighborhood was devastated by Hurricane Ian.
Video released by the US Coast Guard showed an MH-65 Dolphin crew flying over a quarter on the island of Florida before grounding Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Kilbane.
The security guard then talks to a man and his grandmother who are standing next to their dog in front of their house.
“Well done!” Kilbane told residents, praising them for using a reflector to get the crew’s attention.
The security guard asked residents if anyone else was in the neighborhood, to which residents said they didn’t know anyone else nearby.
The woman was first placed in a basket and flown into the helicopter above. After she was safely aboard, Kilbane walked back, pet the dog and put the man and his pup in the basket.
Kilbane and his crew saved several people from Sanibel aftermath, including a family and their cat.
Sanibel Island, on the other hand, was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Ian. Portions of the Sanibel Causeway, the only road to and from the island, were destroyed in the midst of the storm, rendering the road impassable.
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