Coast Guard rescues two Marine Corps F-18 pilots off South Carolina Coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two Marine Corps pilots Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., approximately 35-miles off the coast of St. Helena Sound, S.C.

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., notified the Coast Guard at about 5:17 p.m., Wednesday, reporting that two pilots aboard a Marine F/A-18D Hornet attached to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 went down off the coast of South Carolina. In addition, it was reported that two parachutes were seen indicating that the pilots had ejected.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Air Facility Charleston located the missing pilots at
6:15 p.m. and safely rescued them.

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