“This has been a long, tasking week for all involved as we pushed forward and put in countless hours to find our fallen Guardians and bring them back home,” said Capt. Kenneth Ivery, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “The Coast Guard thanks all the responders including local, state and federal agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and volunteers. We are also very appreciative of the great city of Mobile and state of Alabama for the support demonstrated during this tragedy.”
On Feb. 28, 2012, a Coast Guard helicopter, designation 6535, went down in Mobile Bay, Ala., during a training flight. The bodies of aircraft commander Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, pilot Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge were recovered from the crash site last week.