This Day in Coast Guard History – August 26
1896-Fort Niagara, New York- At 1 am the keeper and lookout heard cries of distress on the Canadian side of the river. The station's surfboat was launched in the direction of sound. They found a man in the water clinging to a pole almost exhausted and crying out that he could hold on no longer. He was taken into surfboat and carried to his home.
1992- Hurricane Andrew struck Florida and the Gulf coast states causing extensive damage. Coast Guard units conducted search and rescue, relief, and transport operations.
(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)