May 26, 2016

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue four
after Navy jet mishap off Oregon Inlet

The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan fishing vessel crew rescued four survivors following a "in-air mishap" involving two U.S. Navy jets 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet this morning.

Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center watchstanders were notified at 10:30 a.m. that two planes suffered what the military termed an "in-air mishap" and four people were in the water. The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Tammy rescued two of the survivors, and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City rescued the other two survivors from the water.

A second helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City hoisted the two survivors from the fishing vessel.  

All four survivors were taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, where military officials said they were treated for minor injuries.

The two F/A-18F Super Hornets were from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 at Naval Air Station Oceana. The Navy said they were on a routine training mission.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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