Two Navy Pilots Broke the Rules by Rescuing Hurricane Survivors

A Navy spokesman says two Pensacola pilots were counseled after rescuing 110 Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.

Officials say the pilots were also reminded of the importance of supply missions instead of immediately returning to base after delivering their cargo.

The Navy spokesman says the pilots were told to fly water and other supplies to three destinations in Mississippi and then return to Pensacola. They picked up a Coast Guard radio call that helicopters were needed for rescues in New Orleans.

They were out of radio range to Pensacola, so they decided to fly their helicopters to New Orleans and join the rescue effort without permission.

Both helicopters returned to Pensacola, about 200 miles east of New Orleans, by dark as required by flight rules. The Navy says they did not miss any additional supply runs because of the rescues.