Coast Guard, local agencies search for possible persons in the water after helicopter crash near Apollo Beach

Southeastern Coast Guard News 
APOLLO BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for possible persons in the water after a helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Apollo Beach, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call at 3:24 p.m., from dispatchers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office regarding a helicopter that had crashed in the vicinity of Apollo Beach.

Searching are:

  • A Coast Guard 45-foot Response-Boat Medium boat crew from Station St. Petersburg
  • A Coast Guard MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater
  • Two Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crews
  • A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat crew
  • A Tampa Fire Rescue boat crew
  • A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew and boat crew
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • A MacDill Marine Security boat crew

The Coast Guard and local agencies have created a safety zone around the wreckage while crews continue to search the area.

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