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U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Statistics, Fiscal Year

Dataset Excel: 
Notes: 

2005 data does not include the 33,544 Lives Saved during Hurricane Katrina or the 138 during Hurricane Rita.

2017 data is as of September 28th, 2017.

Description: 

KEY: U = data are unavailable, R = revised.

aResponses are the number of U.S. Coast Guard units involved. Sorties are the number of trips made by boat, aircraft, or cutter.

b Search and rescue resource hours represent the time that Coast Guard assets (i.e., aircraft, boats, and cutters) perform search and rescue operations.

c Those persons whose lives were lost before the U.S. Coast Guard was notified of an incident.

d The Egypt Air (217 fatalities) and Alaska Air (88 fatalities) crashes account for the increase in 2000.

e Those persons whose lives were lost in an incident to which the U.S. Coast Guard was responding, but who were alive at the time the U.S. Coast Guard was notified of the incident. 

f Added category; completes the accounting for all lives associated with USCG Search and Rescue (SAR) responses.

g Includes several out of the normal high cost incidents. 

h The B-52 crash in Guam accounts for the increase ($1,040 million) in 2008. The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash in San Francisco ($300M) and the F-16 Crash east of Chincoteague VA ($47M) account for the large increase in Value of property lost in 2013.

i Added category; completes the accounting for all property associated with USCG SAR responses.

Source: 

All data except Search and rescue resource hours and value of property unaccounted for:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, USCG Search and Rescue Summary Statistics, available at https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Respo... as of Oct. 22, 2019. 

Search and rescue resource hours:

1990-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Command and Control Architecture, personal communications, Sept. 30, 2003 and July 28, 2004.

2003-13: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Search and Rescue, personal communications, Apr. 1, 2008, July 2, 2010, July 25, 2011, Feb. 25, 2013 and Mar. 7, 2014

Value of property unaccounted for:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Search and Rescue, personal communications, July 25, 2011, Feb. 25, 2013 and Mar. 7, 2014.

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