POINT CLEAR, AL (WLOX) - One person is dead and the search continues for three missing people after a Coast Guard helicopter crashed into the waters of Mobile Bay. It happened Tuesday around 8:30pm. The chopper was a MH-65-C: Dolphin helicopter from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile.
Four people were on board when the helicopter went down around Point Clear, AL. One person was rescued, but later died.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the crewmembers 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 crewmembers 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."