Four members of a Coast Guard air crew were injured late Monday night after their helicopter crashed while conducting a search-and-rescue mission off the coast of southeastern Alaska.
Two of the four members of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Air Station Sitka near Juneau, Alaska, were listed as being in serious condition while the other two were listed in good condition with only minor injuries, as of Tuesday afternoon. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
While the circumstances of the crash are still under investigation, according to a statement by the Coast Guard, the crew had been responding to a call for search-and-rescue assistance of a flooding fishing vessel near Read Island when the crash occurred.
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The fishing vessel Lydia Marie first called for help around 8 p.m. local time on Nov. 12. A second call from the vessel was put out to watchstanders notifying them of the helicopter crash around 11:05 p.m. Rescue crews from Alaska Wildfire Troopers and Petersburg Fire and Rescue arrived on scene at approximately 12:50 a.m. while a second MH-60 Jayhawk air crew from Air Station Sitka arrived around 1:39 a.m.
The four injured Coast Guardsmen were then transported to Petersburg for medical care, where they were further transferred to Seattle for follow-on treatment at…