LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Eighteen Kentucky Air National Guardsmen left Louisville Sunday to help with rescue efforts in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

They left base in Louisville around 8 o'clock Sunday night. 

According to a news release, the airmen from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron will help with rescue and recovery operations.

Fourteen of those deployed will break up into two recovery teams, using a variety of equipment they will take with them including inflatable motor boats. 

Those 14 airmen have experience in swift-water rescue, confined-space operations and emergency medical care, officials say.

The other four airmen will staff an Austere Special Tactics Operations Center.

Members of the same unit took part in operating a helicopter landing zone during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where 12,000 citizens were evacuated. 

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