The U.S. Coast Guard has kicked operations into high gear now that Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy has hit the Eastern Seaboard.
Prior to the superstorm’s Monday night landfall, the Coast Guard had all of its assets pre-positioned along the coast for search and rescue mode today, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, in an interview on The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.
Most calls the Coast Guard received this morning were inland-based, Frederick said. Nearly 170 people are reported stranded in New York City, where Coast Guard helicopters are now being deployed.
“Most mariners were prudent and were off the water,” Frederick said.
The Coast Guard is coordinating its efforts with state and local authorities.