Coast Guard, partner agencies responds to downed aircraft east of St John’s River Inlet

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry file photo by Aux. Michael Dubin

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry file photo by Aux. Michael Dubin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard along with partner agencies are responding to a downed aircraft Thursday approximately 2 miles east of St. John’s River Inlet.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders of an aircraft distress call at approximately 9:45 a.m. The Piper PA-46 aircraft was enroute to New Jersey from Orlando with two people on board.

Assisting in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew
  • Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew
  • U.S. Navy assets
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • St. John’s and St. Augustine Fire & Rescue


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