920th Rescue Wing Airmen Depart Patrick Air Force Base to Join Search for Lost Airman in Gulf

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Rescue teams are currently searching a 700 square-mile area off the coast between Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola

Tech. Sgt. Pat Englishby, 39th Rescue Squadron Load Master, prepares the HC-130N Combat King aircraft to respond to the combined federal, Department of Defense, state and local rescue mission for a missing Airman in the Gulf of Mexico November 6, 2019. (U.S. Air Force video by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – Search and Rescue Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing departed Patrick Air Force Base at 12 noon Wednesday to join the search for a missing Special Tactics Airman in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Airman is from the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

The rescue team launched in two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and one HC-130 Combat King aircraft, each carrying two pararescuemen aboard to assist with the search.

Additional scanners and rescue gear was also on board the aircraft headed for the Gulf.

The search has been underway since the Airman departed from a C-130 aircraft yesterday making an unintentional water landing during a planned static-line jump as part of a training event.

Airmen from the 720th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) prepare the HC-130N Combat King aircraft to provide support to the combined federal, Department of Defense, state and local rescue effort for a missing Airman in the Gulf of Mexico November 6, 2019. The HC-130N is a part of the 39th Rescue Squadron, both squadrons are with the 920th Rescue Wing Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jennifer Pearson)

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Emergency response was immediately initiated and multiple units were dispatched to search for the Airman.

Rescue teams are currently searching a 700 square-mile area off the coast between Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola.

The search area continues to expand and adjust as efforts continue.

Multiple Air Force, Army and Coast Guard search crews have been on the scene since early this morning to include local Sheriffs and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“We will search as much as the crew duty day, gas and conditions allow us until we find our brother in arms,” said Lt. Col. Chad Senior, 920th Deputy Group Commander/Combat Rescue Officer.

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