Sick Teen Reveals What Coast Guard Did To Her While Stranded During Natural Disaster

The tales of rescue and survival from Hurricane Harvey continue to roll in, and we can only assume we’ve heard just a smattering of them. Harvey was a storm of epic proportions that left a wide swath of devastation in its path, and scores of folks were left in unfathomable peril.

In terms of landfall, Harvey couldn’t have picked a worse possible spot - as evidenced by the ungodly amount of flooding that consumed vast portions of the great state of Texas.

As the floodwaters rose, people couldn’t get out to safety, and that left them to do all that they could to hang on and hope for rescue. As the Daily Mail shares, this teenage girl used an ingenious way to get some help for her and her family.

“Tyler Frank, 14, of Houston, Texas, was stranded outside in the rising flood waters when she suffered a sickle cell crisis - an excruciatingly painful condition where malformed red blood cells clog up blood vessels, cutting off oxygen to certain organs and tissue,” the Mail shares.

“She says she tried calling 911, and even begged for help on social media, but to no avail, so she turned to her phone.”

Frank decided to turn to something that many others have turned to in a pinch, albeit under much different circumstances.

“I was like, 'Siri's smart enough! Let me ask her!'” she recalls.

Frank was able to instruct Siri to call the Coast Guard, and a helicopter would arrive the next day. The chopper arrived just in time, as Frank had come down with a fever that rose to 103 degrees.

“I have a child with sickle cell, and she's very sick, and I need you all to take her,” her mother, Tameko Frank, told the rescue teams.

Unfortunately, the helicopter informed the family they were only taking elderly people at that time.

“She was standing right there in front of him. And he turned around and got on the helicopter and left,” Tameko adds.

Luckily, another helicopter would show up the following day to get the family out of harm’s way. The Coast Guard provided somewhat of an explanation to CNN about what happened.

“Coast Guard first responders were faced with an overwhelming request for assistance due to Hurricane Harvey,” the statement said.

“On-scene rescue crews made determinations based upon emergent factors (i.e. immediate, life-threatening situations) and the conditions faced on the scene.”

Fair enough, but a high temp that could possibly spike even higher would seem to qualify as a potentially life-threatening situation.

“When the second helicopter did arrive the following morning, Tyler was seen by doctors in Pasadena, Texas, before being taken to Texas Children's Hospital. Tyler, who has been in and out of hospital since she was born, was treated and was discharged on Friday,” the Mail adds.

“But the family faces another upheaval as their home, car and possessions, were destroyed by the hurricane. Tyler, her four brothers, and their mom, are currently sharing one room at a Super 8 hotel off a Houston highway.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: CNN

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