Coast Guard helicopter on search and rescue mission crashes on Alaska island

JUNEAU, Alaska — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on a search and rescue mission crashed in southeast Alaska, critically injuring two of the 4 crew members on board.

All 4 crew members have been taken to Seattle for therapy following the crash late Monday on Read Island, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Sitka, stated Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Michael Salerno. The Coast Guard described two of the crew members’ accidents as severe.

The crash was reported by the fishing vessel that was the topic of the search and rescue name that the helicopter was responding to, he stated. The explanation for the crash is below investigation, and Salerno had no additional particulars about what might need contributed to the crash.

Rescue crews from state and native businesses and one other Coast Guard helicopter arrived on the scene early Tuesday to assist present medical care to the crew members who have been extra critically harm, the Coast Guard stated in a information launch posted on social media.

The crash was reported about 11:05 p.m., and the primary crews arrived about 12:50 a.m., the Coast Guard stated.

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