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Fog hampers air search for 3 missing Coast Guard members


Another attempt is being made to gain access to the Coast Guard helicopter that crashed Tuesday evening in the Gulf of Mexico after fog moved into Mobile Bay.

Fog has hampered the air search, but divers are planning another attempt to get inside the submerged aircraft this morning.

A Coast Guard member found unresponsive after the helicopter crash, was declared dead early this morning. 

The Coast Guard is still looking for the three remaining crew members , who were on board the MH-65C helicopter when it went down in the Mobile Bay, near Point Clear, AL.  

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the crew members during this difficult time," said Capt. Don Rose, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Mobile.  "We are working through the night to continue to conduct a robust search for the three crew members who are still missing and we appreciate the assistance of all of the agencies and personnel who are volunteering their time and resources to assist with the search and rescue efforts."

It's also unclear what caused the accident. Right now, crews are focused on finding the three remaining crash victims. A rescue boat from Coast Guard station Pascagoula responded to the accident, along with others from across the Gulf Coast. 

The Coast Guard's website described the MH-65-C: Dolphin helicopter as "certified for operation in all-weather and night-time operations."

Coast Guard officials originally received the report that the helicopter went down during a training mission around 7:40 p.m. 

Rescue crews from across the region are on the scene trying to find the other missing crew members.

Authorities still haven't determined the cause of the crash, but say there will be a full investigation.

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