3 Coast Guardsmen lost in helicopter crash off Washington

Post updated with quote from 17th Coast Guard District commanding officer.

Earlier this afternoon, Rear Admiral Gary Blore, Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, announced the deaths of three Coast Guardsmen after their helicopter crashed in the waters near James Island, Wash.

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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during open water training. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson)
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during open water training. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson)

Post updated with quote from 17th Coast Guard District commanding officer.

Earlier this afternoon, Rear Admiral Gary Blore, Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, announced the deaths of three Coast Guardsmen after their helicopter crashed in the waters near James Island, Wash.

“The current status of the crew members are: one crew member is at the hospital here in Seattle having sustained non-life-threatening injuries; tragically, the other three crew members have been declared deceased,” said Blore. “We are currently still in the recovery phase of operations. Once completed, the aircraft will be salvaged from the water.”

At this time, the names of the air crew and condition of the injured crewman are being withheld pending next of kin notifications. An investigation will follow the salvaging of the aircraft.

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters flying in formation in this file photo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson)
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters flying in formation in this file photo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson)

CG 6017 was departing Air Station Astoria, Oregon, en route to Air Station Sitka, Alaska, when the Coast Guard lost contact with the helicopter. A good Samaritan retrieved two crew members and turned them over to emergency medical services while search and rescue crews were deployed by the Coast Guard. The U.S. Navy, National Park Service, Quileute Nation and Canadian Air Force all participated in the response.

“I grieve with a heavy heart at the news of the death of three members of our Coast Guard family,” said Rear Admiral Christopher Colvin, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District. “May friends and our Coast Guardsmen around the country bring strength and comfort to the families and crew of Air Station Sitka during this difficult time. My first priority is to ensure the family and members of Air Station Sitka are provided the support needed to endure this tragedy.”

Below is a list of news releases from the Coast Guard on the crash. We will update this list as new information is available:

17th Coast Guard District public Affairs: Update 2: Coast Guard responds to helicopter crash off of James Island, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District Public Affairs: UPDATE #2: U.S. Coast Guard responds to helicopter crash off of James Island, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District Public Affairs: UPDATE #1: U.S. Coast Guard responds to helicopter crash off of James Island, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District Public Affairs: U.S. Coast Guard responds to helicopter crash off of James Island, Wash.

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