Sun, Jan 28, 2007
Search And Rescue Ops Underway For Three Missing
A search-and-rescue operation was underway Saturday to locate
three missing sailors following the crash of a Navy MH-60S Friday,
50 miles off the California coast. A fourth sailor died while being
treated on the USS Bonhomme Richard, after being pulled alive from
the water, the Navy said.
The Navy was operating on the assumption that the crew members
might still be alive, Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Meydenbauer said Saturday
to the Associated Press.
The search operation near San Clemente Island included
inflatable boats, two destroyers, a guided missile cruiser, a dock
landing ship and Coast Guard ships, Meydenbauer said. Coast Guard
and Navy aircraft were also being used.
The MH-60S helicopter (type shown above), based at Naval Air
Station North Island in Coronado, went down around 5:30 pm EST
Friday. The helicopter, based at Naval Air Station North Island,
was on a training mission when it crashed at 2:45 pm, according to
Navy spokesman Cmdr. Jack Hanzlik.
The pilot radioed a mayday... but gave no further indications of
mechanical malfunctions or fire.
Identities of the helicopter crew members would not be released
until relatives were notified.
"It's a sad time whenever we lose shipmates like this, so our
hearts and prayers go out to the families," said Hanzlik.
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