Coast Guard Rescues Marine Aviators
From a U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment San Diego News Release
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11, 2011 Coast Guard crews rescued two Marines after their F/A-18 Hornet jet from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 85 miles southwest of here last night.
Both Marines were reported to be in stable condition.
After notification of the downed aircraft at 10:15 p.m., the Coast Guard launched assets to begin the rescue mission. Once on the scene, the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto heard the Marines and vectored the Coast Guard MH-60 Jahawk helicopter to the survivors' location. The Jahawk's aircrew maneuvered into position, and the rescue swimmer deployed to recover the Marines, who were hoisted into the helicopter and flown to a hospital.
In addition to the Edisto, homeported here, the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau from Alameda, Calif., a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Sacramento -- the first asset on the scene --and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector San Diego responded.