Update: U.S. Coast Guard Finds Helicopter Wreckage
US Coast Guard
|Friday, March 26, 2004
On Friday morning the Coast Guard has found the wreckage of the helicopter that went missing on Tuesday night in the Gulf of Mexico.
A private ship helping out in the search, the Midnight Rangler, located pieces of the helicopter's wreckage about 3:05 a.m., said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick. The debris was found about 72 miles south of Galveston. The first bodies were found about 60 miles south of Galveston on Wednesday.
A remote camera was sent to search the water underneath the debris and it spotted the four bodies between 100 feet and 150 feet below the surface about 5 a.m.
A total of eight victims have been recovered. The identities of the bodies recovered Friday have not been released.
The search continues for the other two passengers who are still missing. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Adam Wine said a normally clothed person could expect to last about 30 hours in the Gulf waters, where temperatures are estimated in the upper 60s.