Table 4-8 U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) Statistics, 1996–2000

Table 4-8
U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) Statistics, 1996–2000

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  1996a 1997a 1998 1999 2000
Cases 43,553 41,096 37,218 39,844 40,068
Lives saved 5,047 3,897 3,194 3,743 3,365
Lives lost before notificationb 611 454 418 353 773
Lives lost after notification 367 290 188 180 236
Persons otherwise assisted 85,869 75,357 66,138 70,255 54,368
Property loss prevented ($M)c 3,087 1,353 997 1,019 84

aData have changed since last publication because of revised database definitions initiated on Oct. 1, 1999.

bIn 2000, Egypt Air flight (with 217 lives lost) and Alaska Air flight (with 88 lives lost) crashes into waters under USCG jurisdiction resulted in an appreciable increase in lives lost before notification.

cThe decrease in property loss prevented in 2000 is partially due to revised database definitions initiated on Oct. 1, 1999.

KEY: M = millions.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, data file, Search and Rescue Management Information System incident reports, 1996–2000 as of June 13, 2001.

  • Search and rescue is one of the USCG's oldest missions.
  • The Coast Guard maintains SAR facilities on the East, West, and Gulf coasts; in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico, as well as on the Great Lakes and U.S. inland waterways.