Coast Guard helicopter crashes in Mobile Bay

MOBILE, Ala. — Last evening, Tuesday, February 28th, Coast Guard helicopter 6535 from Aviation Training Center Mobile crashed in Mobile Bay. CG-6535 was flown by a four-person crew and was conducting training operations.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report from the motor vessel Solomon at approximately 7:40 p.m., that a Coast Guard MH-65C helicopter and crew crashed while conducting a training flight in the vicinity of Mobile Bay, which resulted in the four crewmembers entering the water.

A full Coast Guard and interagency search and rescue effort was launched – the aircraft was quickly located. One deceased crewmember was recovered by the crew of a 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat, and extensive efforts continue to locate the other three crewmembers.

Assets searching include:

  • Two MH-65C helicopters and crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, La.;
  • Two Response Boat-Small and crews from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island;
  • The Coast Guard Cutters Cobia and Stingray, homeported in Mobile;
  • An HC-144A Ocean Sentry medium surveillance aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile;
  • Two 26-foot TANBs and crews from Sector Mobile;
  • Alabama Marine Police;
  • Alabama Marine Resources;
  • Daphne Search and Rescue;
  • Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla;
  • North Baldwin Sheriff’s Search and Rescue;
  • Bon Secour Fire Department;
  • Southwest Panhandle Search and Rescue;
  • 32-foot landing craft Andelae;
  • 41-foot M/V Solomon.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the crewmembers during this difficult time,” said Capt. Don Rose, commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “We are working through the night to continue to conduct a robust search for the three crewmembers who are still missing and we appreciate the assistance of all of the agencies and personnel who are volunteering their time and resources to assist with the search and rescue efforts.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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