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Fighter jet crash leads to harrowing ocean rescue (video)
http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Ashley Halsey III

Posted on 08/03/2013 1:03:35 PM PDT by lowbridge

The night-vision image in the rescue helicopter showed a downed pilot in a life raft bobbing 35 miles from the Atlantic shoreline, but when Brian Fogle got ready to plunge down to him, the midnight sky and sea melded into inky blackness.

“The hard part was not being able to see anything,” Fogle said.

And then he stepped out that door and slid down a line into the rolling dark ocean.

The signal had come to the Coast Guard 20 to 30 minutes before 11 p.m. Thursday: A D.C. Air National Guard F-16C was down in the Atlantic after touching wings with another F-16 at 10:28 p.m. Air Force officials had no comment Friday on the cause of the costly accident.

The F-16s — which retail for upward of $18 million each — had been taking part in routine night training about 35 miles off the coast of Chincoteague Island when they collided. The second plane was damaged but not so crippled that it couldn’t limp home to Joint Base Andrews just outside the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County.

All the Coast Guard knew at that point was that the pilot of the downed fighter jet was somewhere out there in the ocean.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aerospace; coastguard; planecrash; rescue; usaf; uscg

1 posted on 08/03/2013 1:03:35 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Rescue swimmers: You have to go out. You don’t have to come back.
None braver.


2 posted on 08/03/2013 1:05:28 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Anoreth

Were you in on this?


3 posted on 08/03/2013 1:08:23 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: lowbridge

Murry sez he can get one for us wholesale. retail. sheesh.


4 posted on 08/03/2013 1:09:01 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: Travis McGee

Big hat tip to the Coasties on this rescue. The USAF PJs have never failed to blow my mind. Can’t imagine the equivalent of jumping into combat with essentially a trauma center on your back and rifle in your hand.


5 posted on 08/03/2013 1:12:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Corpsmen, medics, lifeguards, rescue swimmers: all the first responders who dive into danger to save total strangers have my complete respect.


6 posted on 08/03/2013 1:15:02 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Absolutely.


7 posted on 08/03/2013 1:15:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Travis McGee

US Coast Guard:You got to go out you, don’t have to come back.

CG moto long before rescue swimers were thought of.


8 posted on 08/03/2013 1:16:00 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Travis McGee

That others may live.


9 posted on 08/03/2013 1:18:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: t1b8zs
US Coast Guard:You got to go out you, don’t have to come back. CG moto long before rescue swimers were thought of.

A co-worker was a bosun's mate on a motor lifeboat based @ Cape Disappointment, WA. He told me that was their motto back in the 1970's
10 posted on 08/03/2013 1:26:09 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: lowbridge

bkmk


11 posted on 08/03/2013 1:28:19 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: lowbridge

Happy 223 birthday US Coast Guard.


12 posted on 08/03/2013 2:06:38 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: t1b8zs; Travis McGee
US Coast Guard:You got to go out you, don’t have to come back.

CG motto long before rescue swimmers were thought of.

And one at total odds to the current LEO twin mottoes of:

"I felt threatened"

and

"I'm get to go home tonight no matter who or what needs to die today."

13 posted on 08/03/2013 2:35:20 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: Tailback

I 1st heard it in the 60’S in boot camp.
Guess I got to do some research on its origin which I am sure came about with”Life Boat” operations.


14 posted on 08/03/2013 2:51:35 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Travis McGee

absolutely right

And they hardly ever get the glory


15 posted on 08/03/2013 2:55:25 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Tailback

Bosun on a life boat is probably the CO.
Fortunate guy to ride that surf in a Govermnt funded hi powered craft.
Do a YouTube search for CG cape fear vids and enjoy the ride.

Pick his brain hes got some good stories too.


16 posted on 08/03/2013 2:56:02 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Tailback

Whoops,
Do a YouTube search for CG cape fear vids and enjoy the ride.

Cape Disappointment vids,sorry.
Merlot and bergers


17 posted on 08/03/2013 2:58:22 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Travis McGee

Yes, rescue swimmers are just incredible men. God bless them.


18 posted on 08/03/2013 3:57:10 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: null and void
US Coast Guard: You got to go out you, don’t have to come back. CG motto long before rescue swimmers were thought of.

And one at total odds to the current LEO twin mottoes of: "I felt threatened" and "I'm get to go home tonight no matter who or what needs to die today."

Just damn. That really sums it up, doesn't it?

19 posted on 08/03/2013 3:57:24 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Travis McGee

I’ve only met one USCG Rescue Swimmer. I asked him if he had any cool rescue stories to tell our Cub Scouts. He asked if we saw the movie “A Perfect Storm?” He was the guy who winched down to a ship and rescued a bunch of people.

These guys are one level above human.


20 posted on 08/03/2013 4:00:20 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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