(Patriot.Buzz) – In a terrible development impacting patriotic members of our military, a helicopter carrying five Marines that did not make it to its destination in California has prompted a big search effort.
According to the U.S. Marine Corps these Marines were from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, which is part of Marine Aircraft Group 16 under the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and were flying in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter.
The aircraft was supposed to go from Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego but it never made it, which led the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing to begin working with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Civil Air Patrol to find the aircraft and the Marines.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection first got the news about the missing helicopter recently while the crew was last heard from late last night before going missing.
Rescue teams were looking for the helicopter around Lake Marina, which is a hard-to-reach spot in the Cleveland National Forest based on coordinates given by the Marine Corps. Cal Fire San Diego’s Capt. Mike Cornette explained that the search turned out to be really tough because of “heavy snow and muddy terrain.”
Groups including the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Civil Air Patrol have joined in to help carry out the rescue efforts. This recent development follows another tragic event where 8 military members died when the U.S. Air Force Osprey crashed near Japan’s coast two months ago.