1 Dead, 1 Missing As Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Virginia Coast

January 8, 2014

This post was updated at 2:03 p.m.

One of the four crew members who were rescued after the U.S. Navy helicopter they were in went down in the Atlantic Ocean about 18 miles east of Cape Henry, Va., has died, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

Coast Guard vessels and local law enforcement were continuing to search for a fifth occupant of the giant MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter.

A report of the crash of the helicopter was received around 11:30 a.m. ET, Petty Officer David Weydert told the newspaper.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Mike Kafka says the four who were rescued were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The other three sailors were being evaluated at the hospital; it’s unclear what their condition is.

The Virginian-Pilot says the cutter Shearwater was just 2 miles away when the crash occurred.

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