Skip to comments.3 killed in Coast Guard helicopter crash off Wash. coast
Posted on 07/07/2010 10:41:15 AM PDT by llevrok
LAPUSH, Wash. - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter with four people on board has gone down near James Island off LaPush.
A member of the Quileute Tribe tells KING 5 that one of the people on board was rescued by two other tribal members. However, there is no official report on the conditions of those on board.
The helicopter was stationed in Sitka, Alaska.
Dang! Rescue the rescuers.
Thanks for posting.
“A Coast Guard helicopter has crashed off the coast of Washington near James Island. More info as it becomes available.”
That was 30 minutes ago.
Seattle news sources still show 2 of 4 crew missing or not rescued.
Have heard that one of our astronauts, when he was old, and had grandchildren and money, began to doubt:
“Never fly in an airplane that has only one engine or one pilot, and never, ever fly in a helicopter.”
Lapush is about an hour and 20 minute drive from my house.
It doesn’t look like weather had anything to do with the event.
Here is what it looks like today. http://www.forkswa.com/webcam2/netcam.jpg
James Island is the rock on the right with the 3 trees on top.
At least they are not far from the beach and their is a CG station in Lapush. The CG crew in Port Angels can fly there within about 20 minutes in this weather. There is also a CG station in Neah Bay, about a 10 minute flight from the SW, so there should be plenty of serious help in positions to quickly respond with short ETA’s.
There is a hospital in Port Angeles, but if any injured have anything more than a paper cut, they will be taken to Seattle.
It’s a bit cooler than where I live, but it’s near 80* here today and expected to be 85 to 90* tomorrow.
Prayers for the crew......
The Quileute Tribe says some tribal members who were preparing to head out to fish on the ocean pulled two of the Coast Guard members from the water.
According to the tribe, one is deceased, but the Coast Guard has not confirmed that. The tribe says the other has a dislocated shoulder and broken leg.
Darryl Penn, the harbormaster at Quileute Marina, tells KING 5 News he saw the chopper go down and went out to assist in the rescue with another man.
In a press release, the Coast Guard says "A good Smaritan retrieved two crew members from the water and transferred them to Emergency Medical Services."
The tribe says a third person is hanging onto a tank in the water. The fourth person has not yet been found.
their is a CG=there is a CG
Well that can be a real nasty place to be floating waiting for help. Good news is that weathers nice today so it should be easy to spot them.
If the deceased is a local, then I likely know him... damn, just damn.
Those men and women are heroes... I pray God holds them safe for rescue!
I’m sorry to hear of this. God bless them all.
“Never be in an aircraft where the wings are moving faster than the fuselage, and if you are, you had better be in a helicopter. In either case, it’s still probably unsafe.”
-Sign on a Coast Guard hangar wall
Funny thing is, this was posted in the humor section of our bi-weekly company newsletter just last week....
Prayers up for the crew.
USCG helicopter down in Wash State with 4 on board. Bird stationd in Alaska.
Prayers up. Not a good place to be “missing” out in the water somewhere, even in nice weather.
Curious that the helo is out of Sitka. I wonder what they were doing so far south.
As far as I know, the only CG air station in the area is in Port Angeles. The next closest would be in Astoria, OR. There are many more small boat stations up and down the coast, but they don’t have much in the way of facilities for aircraft.
They’ve updated the story a little bit:
by KING 5 News
Posted on July 7, 2010 at 10:11 AM
Updated today at 12:06 PM
LA PUSH, Wash. - A rescue is underway for four people who went down on board a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that apparently hit some power lines off the Washington coast this morning.
The Coast Guard says the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter went down in the waters near James Island near La Push. The helicopter was departing the Coast Guard station in Astoria, Ore. en route to its home base in Sitka, Alaska. The Coast Guard lost contact with the helicopter at 9:32 a.m.
The Quileute Tribe says some tribal members who were preparing to head out to fish on the ocean pulled two of the Coast Guard members from the water. According to the tribe, one is deceased, but the Coast Guard has not confirmed that. The tribe says the other has a dislocated shoulder and broken leg.
Darryl Penn, the harbormaster at Quileute Marina, tells KING 5 News he saw the chopper go down. Penn says he and his cousin hopped on board a skiff and headed toward a flare the saw fired into the air.
The tribe says a third person was reported to be hanging onto a tank in the water. The fourth person has not yet been found. However, the Coast Guard says the status of those two is unknown.
The Clallam County Public Utilities District says the helicopter hit a power line between La Push and James Island. It’s not clear how low the power line is. PUD says it has de-energized lines near La Push to assist in the rescue.
The Coast Guard has launched helicopters from Astoria and Port Angeles, Wash. and boats from Quillayute, Wash.
Stay with KING 5 News for updates on this developing story. If you have photos of the incident, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Says the helo was in transit from Astoria back to Sitka.
Hit a power line? There’s a power line out to James island?
There was something airborne in line with and maybe 1/2 mile offshore of the rock on the left about 7-8 minutes ago.
2 inflatable boats just left the shore
Apparently a power line strike...eyewitness account from a local (Fresno) talk show host is here:
3rd crew member located:
You are correct, the only actual CG airbase is in PA. There is a pad in Neah Bay.
“The Clallam County Public Utilities District says the helicopter hit a power line between La Push and James Island. “
When I first heard that it went down near James island... I just knew it was because of hitting that damn line.
Dang. And yah know what? Probably all the pilots that fly out of PA and Astoria all know about that wire because they all fly in that area all the time. Local knowledge. But those guys from Sitka probably wouldn't know those kinds of details.
In transit... I'd bet running the shoreline low and fast to make the flight a little more interesting on their way up... and a ~beautiful~ flight it is.
I am guessing you are correct. We have a place on the coast near the Astoria base and see them doing just that quite often heading north.
I’ve ridden in lots of CG helos in the past.
The only people in the world more arrogant and cocky than Naval fighter pilots... are CG helo pilots. And... not without good reason. They’re a pretty spectacular group of people. They really are the best of the best. They go out in stuff that a sane pilot wouldn’t do.
But they’re also crazy b@$tards (God love ‘em). I recall buzzing a cliff line in Alaska at a gonad-shrinking low wave-top altitude, hugging a tree-line just yards from doing the weed-eater thing on the branches of some spruces and all the time hearing the pilot yelling “yeee haaa!!!” on the headphones only to next hear him yell “Eagle!!!” and yank the collective and dive into a turn and chase some poor unsuspecting white-headed national symbol... it was like having a labrador retreiver and yelling “squirrel!!”...
LOL... it still cracks me up. I’m amazed that I survived it.
God love those guys, ‘cuz obviously nobody else does. :-)