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Search on for missing member of Navy chopper down off Virginia Beach

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US Navy MH-53E made an emergency landing approximately 16 nautical miles east of Cape Henry. Four of the five crew members have been rescued and transported by a military helicopter to Norfolk Sentara Hospital. Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard, in coordination with the US Navy and the Virginia Beach Fire Department are conducting a rescue mission for the fifth crew member who is lost in 40ᵒ F water and a corresponding air temperature of 26ᵒ F.

This crew was involved in a routine training operation when one of two Navy MH-53E helicopters, for reasons yet to be determined, made an emergency landing in the ocean. The crew of the other helicopter immediately dropped a raft to the crew by which four of the five members were rescued.

The wave height is at 1.0 feet, considered to be an optimal height for a rescue effort. Comparisons to yesterday’s conditions indicate that today’s are much more favorable for a search than those of yesterday.

Sadly, at 2 p.m., WVEC news announced that one of the crewmembers had died. The conditions of the other three rescued crew members are unknown.


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