Overnight a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed in the Mobile Bay off the Alabama Coast, with one confirmed fatality, and three others missing at this time. The tragic accident occurred on a routine rescue training session, which the Coast Guard often does. Speaking with the media from New Orleans, Petty Officer Second Class Elizabeth Bordelon said the MH-65 Dolphin crashed just after 8:30 p.m. local time near Point Clear, Alabama.”
Bordelon also said, the flight originated from the Aviation Training Center in Mobile. She could not immediately confirm the condition of the rescued crew member transported to a local hospital or if the injured and missing were Coast Guard service members. Names of the crew members have not been released pending notification of relatives. However, later in the evening it was confirmed that at least one member of the team was killed, and U.S. Coast Guard rescue ships and other helicopters are on scene early this morning searching for survivors of the horrific crash.
A response cutter from Dauphin Island and two additional MH-65s from New Orleans have been dispatched to assist in the search, Bordelon confirmed to Highlight Hollywood. Also, a Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla crew, an HU-144 twin-engine aircraft and an Alabama Marine Resources vessel have also been activated.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard
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