Hurricane Search & Rescue, LOOTING, Guns, & More…


Fishing Coach Richard Thomas was a member of Hurricane Search and Rescue teams a few weeks ago when Hurricane Ian devastated most of southwest Florida.

He joined this week’s podcast episode to describe what he saw and how his team was able to contribute to the clean-up efforts.

We continue to pray for and think of those directly affected and still dealing with the overall aftermath.

Here’s so you can get a better understanding of the situation and relief efforts.

Take a look below!

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Hurricane Search & Rescue, LOOTING, Guns, & More… [PODCAST]

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Here is a timestamped version of this episode:

  • 1:30 – Hurricane Ian Aftermath
  • 4:10 – Coach Richard Thomas’ Background
  • 6:50 – Driving over to Help
  • 8:50 – Where did you go first?
  • 13:25 – Coast Guard Rescue Teams
  • 14:35 – Looting Issues
  • 20:15 – What was the feedback from the locals there?
  • 24:40 – Reporting and Media Coverage
  • 26:35 – Damage Further Inland
  • 28:15 – Port Charlotte and Inland
  • 31:30 – Ft. Myers Beach

Hurricane Search & Rescue, LOOTING, Guns, & More… [VIDEO]

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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those directly affected by this devastating storm.

Big thank you to one of our own Richard Thomas for heading down to contribute on the front lines.

The silver lining we’ve observed is a sense of community and coming together.

Do you have any questions about this or for Richard?

Please share in the comments section!!

If you need help personally, please let us know.

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1 year ago

My neighborhood was ground zero for the wind, on the north and northwest side of the eyewall with sustained 100 to 110mph winds, gusts to 155mph for 10 hours. Considering what happened on the south and southeast side of the eyewall you could say we were lucky. My heart and prayers go out to all those who lost friends, family members and their homes. Don’t forget that this area will need help and hope for recovery for years to come.

Angelo Durso
1 year ago

excellent post, I’m glad I did not miss this — thank you for serving others in need

Wyatt Parcel
1 year ago

Thanks again for stepping up to help folks in need! We appreciate ya big time Richard!

Chris Nelson
1 year ago

Richard – was great and inspirational to hear your story. People like you who put your life on hold to help others makes the world a better place.

Omer Dumais
1 year ago

Richard, great work, you give the term Salt Strong an even bigger meaning. Your insight on good guys with guns was great to hear as a real world reminder that the problem is bad people not guns. Thanks for all you have done.

Ralph Ramsey
1 year ago

Kudos for your time and efforts assisting others. This effort and time is greater than any Fish or Fishing Report.

You SAVED lives. So Proud to be a member of Salt Strong with YOU!

Richard Thomas
1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph Ramsey

Thank you Ralph, it was definitely something I felt called to do. So excited you are a member of this awesome family!

Matt Lanier
1 year ago

Great work brotha! Huge thanks for being such a big help to those in need!

Richard Thomas
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Lanier

Thanks for holding down the fort while I was out bro!

Lloyd Phillips
1 year ago

Wow, I’m sure so many are very grateful for Richard’s virtues he just exhibited! The selfless rescues and help he gave to the victims of one of the worst hurricanes to hit Florida. I love the story of the power of prayer! As far as the media, would they pan away from the devastation if it was in blue areas of the country? I’m just asking.

Jon Fortune
1 year ago

We appreciate you Salt Strong! we are slowly recovering- Thank You

Carrol Bennett
1 year ago

Your Salt Strong Family is so proud of you Richard! Thank you for what you and your team did to help so many people!

Richard Thomas
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrol Bennett

Thank you Carrol, thankful for working with such great individuals who want to serve people in the best capacity!


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