Coast Guard: Search for missing sailor called off

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 9, 2014

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Coast Guard says rescuers have called off the search for a sailor who has been missing since a Navy helicopter with five crew members aboard crashed in the ocean off the Virginia coast.

Two people died in the Wednesday crash, which happened during a routine training mission.

The Coast Guard had searched for the missing sailor by air and sea throughout the night and had crews on scene Thursday morning. The Navy also sent out two helicopters to assist with the search.

"We're not actively looking, but we have an on-the-scene presence," said Capt. John Little, Coast Guard section commander.

The Navy says the two who died were among four crew members hoisted from the 42-degree waters Wednesday by a Navy helicopter and taken to a hospital. The two surviving sailors were being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Navy Cmdr. Todd Flannery, left, Cmdr. Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. John K. Little, Sector Commander, as they answer questions about a crash of a Navy MH-53-E Sea Dragon helicopter into the Atlantic off Virginia Beach, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, on the tarmac at the Norfolk Naval Station, Va.


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