Coast Guard Rescues F-15 Pilot South of Oahu

HONOLULU – Oahu-based Coast Guard crews rescued a downed Hawaii Air National Guard pilot about 60 miles south of Oahu today at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Three rescue aircraft crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard cutter Ahi, an 87-foot patrol boat, immediately responded to the incident, which occurred at 1:37 p.m. The Coast Guard was notified at 1:45 p.m. concerning the distress.

A Coast Guard helicopter hoists the pilot of a Hawaii National Guard F-15 that crashed near Oahu on Friday.

A crewmember aboard one of the rescue helicopters hoisted the pilot and transferred him to The Queen’s Medical Center at approximately 3 p.m. The pilot was reported to be in good condition.

Crewmembers from the cutter Ahi, the cutter Kukui, a 225-foot buoy tender, and Coast Guard aircraft crews will stay on scene to check for pollution and debris.

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