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Coast Guard helicopters crashes off Washington coast, 2 crew members rescued so far

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 7, 2010 at 10:35 am |
July 7, 2010 10:35 am

The U.S. Coast Guard released the following press release about the crash of one of its helicopters

SEATTLE – Multiple U.S. Coast Guard units are responding to an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crash that occurred, Wednesday, in the waters near James Island, Wash.

The Coast Guard helicopter, and its 4-person crew, were departing U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., and were en route to Sitka, Alaska.

The Coast Guard lost contact with the helicopter at 9:32 a.m.  A good Samaritan retrieved two crewmembers from the water and transferred them to Emergency Medical Services.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria launched an MH 60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., launched an MH 65 dolphin helicopter crews, and Coast Guard Station Quillayute, Wash., launched three response boat crews to search for the remaining crew.

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