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

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Year1985199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Cases60,77553,09752,78253,29453,02653,89949,70443,55341,09637,21839,84440,21439,45736,76331,62232,54029,79928,32027,09224,20923,53022,22620,51519,78817,801
Responses(a)70,23764,97166,40969,85669,78470,33763,67955,71052,14146,60250,62248,22649,50246,64351,39159,99852,74445,90047,51144,92547,46446,34843,93343,86438,325
Sorties(a)88,44984,03384,87288,38888,147108,758110,26798,42391,72283,30789,63557,69759,01554,60933,42633,10729,86029,82625,41125,50724,65423,15921,56821,60119,426
Search and Rescue resource hours(b)U108,282109,351108,639107,441102,74993,98485,15080,50780,11684,63580,53385,00875,84165,18265,87677,88860,24855,31262,71359,24561,61656,23359,58353,911
Lives saved(c)6,4974,4075,46517,5435,82623,2114,4535,0473,8973,1943,7433,4004,0103,6615,1965,5655,6505,2985,2164,8984,8614,3463,7934,0273,768
Lives lost, total1,3351,0851,1169391,2159317729787446065331,018710635673783846787795825816818734713653
Lives lost before notification(d,e)259622748540800593468611454418353779413399412502523479492534555552480429428
Lives lost after notification(f)1,076463368399415338304367290188180239297236261281323308303291261266254284225
Lives unaccounted for(g)UUUUUUUUUUU304515344496691603664733435579411392440251
Persons otherwise assisted138,791117,327113,704121,826119,069116,912101,35785,86975,35766,13870,25554,86659,91046,50338,57942,00841,55144,75735,79731,84134,42533,41132,42927,04226,249
Value of property lost ($ million)(h,i)424.3368.5213.6314.5316.2435.5222.6273.8414.884.3262.3415.2441.076.019.653.597.032.8121.71,141.5114.4194.392.753.8385.9
Value of property assisted ($ million)2,376.82,044.92,282.41,951.42,491.82,891.24,467.23,494.21,762.11,288.21,235.0778.81,501.01,589.0478.8778.41,661.8778.4995.61,249.0915.9779.81,461.9604.8506.8
Property loss prevented ($ million)905.41,673.41,799.31,550.12,144.72,628.43,882.83,087.31,353.5996.81,019.084.373.068.0106.7238.7146.4111.0113.1148.094.987.083.1123.465.2
Value of property unaccounted for ($ million)(j)UUUUUUUUUUU2.14.43.24.82.92.13.65.92.410.25.19.85.94.4
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KEY: U = data are unavailable.

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 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.

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

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

f 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. 

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

h Includes several out of the normal high cost incidents. 

i 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.

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

Source: 

All data except Search and Rescue resource hours, lives uncounted for and value of property unaccounted for:

1985-1993: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Search and Rescue Management Information Systems (SARMIS II) Database, available at www.uscg.mil/hq/g-o/g-opr/92-01summary.htm as of Aug. 8, 2002.

1994-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, ON SCENE The Journal of U.S. Coast Guard Search Rescue, available at www.uscg.mil/hq/g-o/g-opr/On%20Scene/onscene.htm as of 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

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

Lives uncounted for and value of property unaccounted for:

2000-13: 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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