The Navy has declared the 5 sailors nonetheless lacking after final week’s helicopter crash useless.
The U.S. third fleet introduced on Saturday that the rescue operations have shifted to restoration operations after an MH-60S helicopter that embarked aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln crashed into the ocean Tuesday afternoon — roughly 60 nautical miles off the coast.
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“We’re deeply saddened by the lack of 5 Sailors and people injured following the MH-60S helicopter tragedy off the coast of Southern California,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday mentioned in a assertion . “We stand alongside their households, family members, and shipmates who grieve.”
The third fleet mentioned the rescue operations spanned greater than 72 hours and included 34 search and rescue flights, over 170 hours of flight time, and 5 search helicopters.
5 extra sailors had been damage within the incident. Two needed to be transported ashore for remedy, whereas the opposite three suffered minor accidents and had been capable of stay on the ship.
The operators had reportedly been “conducting routine flight operations” on the time of the accident. There may be an investigation underway, although the fleet has not mentioned what might have brought about the crash.
“Transferring ahead, we are going to proceed to honor their service and legacy in all the pieces we do, and hope you be a part of us on this mission,” the USS Lincoln mentioned in a separate assertion . “We thanks all in your continued assist, ideas and prayers as this transition is extremely tough on all of us.”