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Red Cross Responds to Coast Guard Rescue

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Responding to disaster is what we do, whether they happen on land or at sea.

Elizabeth City, NC, October 23, 2014 — Local American Red Cross volunteers responded to a call from the Coast Guard to assist a man that was rescued near Cape May, New Jersey.

“We have an agreement with the Coast Guard that we will assist people who are rescued at sea when it is needed,” said Lynwood Roberson, Executive Director for the Red Cross of Northeast North Carolina.  “Similar to our disaster relief services, we respond when we are called and provide for the immediate needs of those involved.”

The three people, one dog and one cat were rescued when their sailboat was caught in high winds and rough seas. The American Red Cross in Elizabeth City provided shelter, food, clothing, shoes and local transportation.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of the chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of local disasters, at any time of the day or night.

To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text - visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Contact: Lu Esposito
Telephone: 919-578-8232

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossENC.