Coast Guard Helicopter Crash in Mobile Bay, Alabama (Photo and Video)

By on Mar 3, 2012 in United States, World Comments
US Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Helicopter
Image Credit: US Coast Guard

A US Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter reportedly crashed in Mobile Bay, Alabama on Tuesday night while on a training mission. There are four crew members on board the Coast Guard helicopter, as reported by several international news sites on Friday, March 2, 2012,. The Coast Guard helicopter crashed around 8:30 p.m.

The four crew members of the helicopter were rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge, pilot Lt. Commander Dale Taylor, co-pilot Lt. Junior Grade Thomas Cameron, and engineer, Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight who were declared missing.

The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Stingray was immediately dispatched to conduct an intensive search and rescue operation for any survivor. The rescue operation was reportedly augmented with two MH-65C Dolphin helicopters and crews from Coast Guard Air Station in New Orleans, one MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Florida, two 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boats and crews from Coast Guard sector Mobile, the Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team, the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego dive team, Alabama Marine Resources, and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department.

The search and rescue, however, became more difficult due to surface fog and muddy waters of Mobile bay. The situation has limited the underwater visibility of rescuers.

Below is a KVAl video that provides an update of the search and rescue operations on the Coast Guard helicopter crash.

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