SEAHORSES IN CIVIL DEFENSE
After the World War II, thousands of DUKWs were decommissioned, which led to many diversified uses, mainly being operated as civilian rescue units and there are many successful examples of flash flood rescues around the world.
DUKWs have also been used for underwater recovery where they provide a stable diving and access platform. They are also successfully used in bridge inspection and repair work, as well as surveying, shalow river and rough terrain transport.
Many rescue situations require a combined surface and water transport function. They are a far cheaper option than using air and water assets in joint operations.
DUKWs have a long history of important emergency use. From the Umberleigh floods in Devon in 1952 through to the New Orleans floods resulting from hurricane Katrina and the extencive flooding in Wrasbury and Datchet DUKWs have played a major frontline role in rescuing trapped people and transporting heavy equipment. The SeaHorse has maintained this tradition working to help rescue flood victims from the major floods in southern England in 2014.
Rescuing people cut off from the tide and from inland flash floods or major river flooding. Recusing transport personnel & equipment to sites unreachable by other rescue machines. Robust and powerful, stable and safe in the most adverse conditions, adequately sized to carry large amounts of heavy equipment to where it is needed.