UPDATE 2: Search continues for 3 after Coast Guard helicopter crash in Mobile Bay

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Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter
Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include the names of the crew members of CG-6535.

UPDATE 2: This post has been updated to include the recovery of two additional crew members of CG-6535 and the suspension of active search and rescue operations.

The Coast Guard recovered two crewmembers, Thursday, as the salvage of the MH-65C Dolphin helicopter that crashed in Mobile Bay continues.

The remains of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron were recovered by response personnel. The body of Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge was recovered Tuesday night after communications with the helicopter was lost during a training flight. Missing is Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight of Thomasville, Ala.

The Coast Guard suspended the active search and rescue operations Thursday night and are now conducting salvage and recovery operations.

“We saturated 95 percent of Mobile Bay for nearly two days with both aircraft and boats to thoroughly cover the search area. The decision to suspend the active search was terribly difficult,” said Capt. Donald J. Rose, commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “Now, we must shift our focus to continuing salvage and recovery operations. As we continue to recover wreckage, we will look for the missing crewman.”

Coast Guard crews searched for 36 hours, conducting approximately 30 search patterns with track-line-search legs that covered 1,198 nautical miles within a search area of more than 200 square-nautical miles in an effort to locate the Coast Guardsmen. Crews and aircraft from multiple Coast Guard units, as well as several state and local first responder agencies, such as Alabama Marine Resources, Mobile Sheriff’s Department, Bon Secour Fire Department and Daphne Search and Rescue participated in the search efforts.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Original post follows:

One Coast Guardsman is dead and the search continues for three others after a Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter went down in Mobile Bay, AL, during a training flight Tuesday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the crewmembers during this difficult time,” said Capt. Don Rose, commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile.

Coast Guard aircraft, boats and cutters along with state and local resources and Good Samaritan vessels are participating in the search effort.

Deceased is Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge. Missing are Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

13 comments on “UPDATE 2: Search continues for 3 after Coast Guard helicopter crash in Mobile Bay”

  1. All my hopes – that the training of the crew, efforts of everyone involved with the SAR and maybe a little good luck combine to bring those missing guardians home safely.

  2. Livermore-Calif- USCG parents sending this around to all our military friends and family across our nation.  God please help them all. Amen!

  3. My Heart is Hurt Deeply,God Please Bless Them ALL + Family!!!! formerly active,SAR,Boat,eng.retired,but always a {Coasty} Lou

  4. This old Jarhead knows some GREAT Coasties!  Sympathies, prayers and condolences to all concerned … family and friends.
    R. I. P., Gentlemen.  Semper Fi … Semper Paratus …

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