Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 4 following in-air mishap off NC coast

60 Elizabeth CityPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan fishing vessel crew rescued four survivors following an in-air mishap involving two U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center watchstanders were notified at approximately 10:30 a.m. that two Navy jets suffered an in-air mishap and four people were in the water. The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Tammy rescued two of the survivors, and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoisted the other two survivors from the water.

A second helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City hoisted the two survivors from the fishing vessel.  All four survivors were taken to Norfolk Sentara General hospital.

The jets were from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)211 at Naval Air Station Oceana.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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