A recent post indicates that as many as 37,000 people may require rescue as Hurricane Ike pummels the Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Bay, and the Texas Coast.
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Coast Guard and Air Force aircraft were sent Friday afternoon to try to rescue 22 people on board a massive freighter adrift in the Gulf of Mexico, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Petty Officer Jaclyn Young said the five aircraft, including two Air Force Ospreys, were sent to the ship around noon. She said their arrival time would depend on wind and rain.
The decision to rescue the freighter comes after a U.S. military official told CNN that 37,000 people may need to be rescued after Hurricane Ike strikes.
Texas has asked for help, and the active-duty military has 42 search-and-rescue helicopters on standby, the official said.