Coast Guard continues search for missing F-16 pilot off South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. The Coast Guard continues its search for a missing Air Force pilot approximately 30-miles northeast of Charleston Friday afternoon.

Missing is Air Force Capt. Nicholas Giglio of the 20th Fighter Wing of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Giglio’s F-16 collided with a second F-16 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Shaw AFB contacted the Coast Guard to assist in the search for the missing pilot. The Coast Guard has search approximately 4,000 square-miles total thus far.

The Coast Guard units involved in the search are from various parts of the United States from Virginia to Florida.

Coast Guard units currently involved in the search are:

  • A Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah, Ga.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Bear, a 270-foot cutter from Portsmouth, Va.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, an 87-foot patrol boat from Charleston
  • A Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., small boat
  • A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Elizabeth City, N.C.

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