Coast Guard plans major rescue effort for stranded residents of Pine Island, Florida
Paramedics and other volunteers with a group that helps rescue people after
natural disasters went door to door Saturday on Florida's devastated Pine Island,
offering to evacuate residents who rode out Hurricane Ian only to find
themselves stranded in a landscape of flooded homes without water or electricity.
The largest barrier island off Florida's Gulf Coast, Pine Island has been
largely cut off from the outside world. Ian heavily damaged the only bridge to the
island, leaving it only reachable by boat or air.The Lee CountySheriff's Office
reported Saturday evening that the U.S. Coast Guard was planning a "waterborne"
evacuationSunday. Residents were asked to come to the island's