A search-and-rescue team helps resident Reynolds board a boat as Hurricane Ian hits Sanibel Island.
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] Hurricane Ian hit the United States, and disasters were reported everywhere.
U.S. military veteran Brian Stern and others rallied crews, boats, crowbars, and rescued hundreds of people who might have been trapped by floodwaters in southwest Florida.
According to the Associated Press, Stern formed a search and rescue team last year called Project Dynamo.
Recently, Hurricane Ian hit, causing many people to be trapped.
The organization's rescue mission was launched in Florida on September 30, local time.
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The search and rescue team has rescued more than 20 people, many of them elderly residents.
Hurricane Ian tore through a bridge linking Florida to Sanibel Island, shutting down traffic for many people in an area of about 7,000 residents.
Matt Menger and his friends say there have been seven rescues so far, most of them elderly Sanibel Island residents who arrived by motorboat.
"We have petrol, jet skis, water, food and snacks. Our job is to find them, dead or alive."
Stern's rescue plan stemmed from his frustration with the struggles Americans and their allies struggled to flee Afghanistan last year.
He has since turned his attention to helping people flee the war in Ukraine, which Stern and his team plan to return to after a rescue mission in Florida.