Search continues for 3 missing Coast Guard aircrew members

8th Coast Guard District NewsMOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard continues searching, Wednesday, for three Coast Guard members who went missing while conducting a training flight in the vicinity of Mobile Bay.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Mobile has established a safety zone approximately three-and-a-half miles south of Point Clear and two nautical miles in diameter.

The search area encompasses a majority of Mobile Bay.

The Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local first responders, has conducted more than 40 search-and-rescue sorties in an effort to locate the three missing Coast Guardsmen.

The 57-foot salvage vessel, Ben R. Johnson, owned by Jordan Industries, Inc., arrived at the crash site at approximately 4 p.m., to conduct initial assessments prior to beginning the salvage operations of the sunken helicopter.

Assets searching include:

  • Multiple MH-65C helicopters and crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, La.;
  • One MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.;
  • Two 41-foot utility boats and crews and one 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island;
  • The Coast Guard Cutters Cobia and Stingray, homeported in Mobile;
  • One 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew from Coast Guard Station Pensacola, Fla;
  • One 26-foot Trailerable Aids-to-Navigation Boat and crew from Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation Team Panama City, Fla.;
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary;
  • Alabama Marine Resources;
  • Daphne Search and Rescue;
  • Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla;
  • North Baldwin Sheriff’s Search and Rescue;
  • Bon Secour Fish and Wildlife;
  • Fairhope Police Department.

 

The cause of the incident is under investigation.n.

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