Table 2-45: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Statistics, Fiscal Year

Table 2-45: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Statistics, Fiscal Year

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  1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Cases 60,775 53,097 52,782 53,294 53,026 53,899 49,704 43,553 41,096 37,218 39,844 40,214 39,475
Responsesa 70,237 64,971 66,409 69,856 69,784 70,337 63,679 55,710 52,141 46,602 50,622 48,226 49,344
Sortiesa 88,449 84,033 84,872 88,388 88,147 108,758 110,267 98,423 91,722 83,307 89,635 57,697 58,854
Search and Rescue resource hoursb U 108,282 109,351 108,639 107,441 102,749 93,984 85,150 80,507 80,116 84,635 80,533 85,008
Lives saved 6,497 4,407 5,465 f17,543 5,826 f23,211 4,453 5,047 3,897 3,194 3,743 3,400 4,009
Lives lost, total 1,335 1,085 1,116 939 1,215 931 772 978 744 606 533 1,018 710
Lives lost before notificationc 259 622 748 540 800 593 468 611 454 418 353 g779 413
Lives lost after notificationd 1,076 463 368 399 415 338 304 367 290 188 180 239 297
Persons otherwise assisted 138,791 117,327 113,704 121,826 119,069 116,912 101,357 85,869 75,357 66,138 70,255 54,866 65,158
Value of property lost ($ million)e 424.3 368.5 213.6 314.5 316.2 435.5 222.6 273.8 414.8 84.3 262.3 415.2 441.0
Value of property assisted ($ million) 2,376.8 2,044.9 2,282.4 1,951.4 2,491.8 2,891.2 4,467.2 3,494.2 1,762.1 1,288.2 1,235.0 778.8 1,501.0
Property loss prevented ($ million) 905.4 1,673.4 1,799.3 1,550.1 2,144.7 2,628.4 3,882.8 3,087.3 1,353.5 996.8 1,019.0 84.3 73.0

KEY: U = data are not available.

a Responses 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 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.

e Includes several out of the normal high cost incidents.

f The Search and Rescue management Information System's reporting policy has been revised and now requires complete reporting on all lives saved. This policy also includes reporting on "lives saved" in connection with Coast Guard Law Enforcement Activity (i.e., Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations (AMIO)). AMIO lives saved in fiscal year 1992 was determined to be approximately 12,000. AMIO lives saved in fiscal year 1994 was determined to be 15,179.

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

SOURCES

All data except Search and Rescue resource hours:

1985-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Search and Rescue Management Information Systems (SARMIS II) Database, available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-o/g-opr/92-01summary.htm as of Aug. 8, 2002.

Search and Rescue resource hours:

1990-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Command and Control Architecture, personal communication, Aug. 21, 2002.