Search continues for 3 crewmembers from downed helicopter, names released of those involved

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The search has been ongoing since Tuesday when communications with the crew of the MH-65C were lost during a training flight over Mobile Bay. Rescue crews who arrived on scene immediately recovered a crewmember who was later declared deceased.

Deceased is Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge.

Missing are Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor.

Assets currently searching are:

  • The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Stingray, homeported in Mobile;
  • Two MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans;
  • One MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.;
  • Two 26-foot Trailerable Aids-to-Navigation Boats and crews from Coast Guard Sector Mobile;
  • Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team;
  • Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego dive team;
  • Alabama Marine Resources;
  • Mobile County Sheriff’s Department.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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