PointClickFish.com wanted to share a beautiful tribute done by a former Coast Guard member Dee-Nyce who is now a musician. He music is a wonderful tribute to CG 6535 and the video is posted below. As mariners we often take for granted the sacrifices made by the US Coast Guard. These Guardians risk their lives daily to ensure we all are safe on the water!
The Coast Guard identified the crew members as: Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge; Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight; Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron; and LCDR Dale Taylor.
LCDR Taylor is from Snow Hill, North Carolina. Lt. j.g. Cameron is from Portland, OR and was a 2009 Coast Guard Academy graduate and former captain of the Academy's soccer team. CPO Jorge is from Cypress, California. AMT3 Knight is from Thomasville, Alabama.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the USCG and all the families involved! Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmates!
Link to USCG tribute Page for CG 6535
Loss of Coast Guard Aircraft 6535
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Posted by: LT Connie Braesch
Posted from Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Bob Papp’s All Hands e-mail:
I regret to inform you that last evening, Tuesday, February 28th, CG-6535 from ATC Mobile crashed in Mobile Bay. CG-6535 was flown by a four-person crew and was conducting training operations. A full Coast Guard and interagency search and rescue effort was launched – the aircraft was quickly located. One deceased crewmember was recovered, and extensive efforts continue to locate the other three crewmembers.
I know that everyone desires additional details on the crash and to know the names and status of the crew. We are following the appropriate notification procedures and request your patience and understanding. We will release additional information to all of you as soon as possible.
The aircrew and families must be our first priority. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as we move through the next few days. I am working with senior leadership to ensure we are providing every available resource to meet their needs.
We will conduct a full investigation into this incident to determine the cause. In the mean time, I ask that everyone remain focused on their duties and take deliberate steps to ensure you and your shipmates are standing a taut watch.
Admiral Bob Papp
Crew Photo Source: http://blog.al.com/live/2012/03/coast_guard_helicopter_crash_2.html