Three Coast Guard helicopter crewmembers remain hospitalized after crash

SALT LAKE CITY – Three Coast Guard MH-60T helicopter crewmembers from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., who went down in the Rocky Mountains southeast of Salt Lake City Wednesday remain hospitalized Thursday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Gina Panuzzi is reported in critical condition. Cdr. Patrick Shaw and Lt. Cdr. Steven Cerveny are reported to be in serious condition.

“I appreciate the support of the Wasatch and Summit County first responders, and I am very relieved to hear that the crewmembers were recovered and are being cared for at the University of Utah Hospital,” said Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander.

Two of the cremembers, the pilot and flight mechanic, were airlifted by the other MH-60T helicopter crew, who had been traveling with them from Salt Lake City en route to Kansas City. The airlifted crewmembers were transported to the University of Utah Hospital where they were treated for internal injuries.

The co-pilot was taken by an AirMed helicopter crew to Inner Mountain Medical Center and treated for a broken leg and was later transferred to the University of Utah Hospital.

The other two crewmembers, who did not suffer any significant injuries, remained on scene to secure the crash site and were later transported by Wasatch County sheriff’s department personnel to Inner Mountain Medical Center for evaluation. They were subsequently released in good condition.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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