US airman Gulf of Mexico, Mobile area Coast Guard continue search

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US airman Gulf of Mexico, Mobile area Coast Guard continue search.

U.S. Coast Guard search crews from the Lower Alabama region are continuing to search late into the night for an airmen who fell from a military aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday.

The unnamed Air Force personnel is believed to have fallen 1,500 feet from a C-130 transport aircraft sometime in the morning, according to the Coast Guard.

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Witnesses on the plane say they saw the airman’s parachute deploy and watched him tread water. They later lost sight of him.

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The incident took place about two miles south of Hurlbert Field, the Air Force’s Special Operations Command.

Search crews from multiple U.S. Coast Guard stations are assisting in the search, which has broadened its perimeter to about 10 miles out given currents in the region.

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It’s not yet clear what exercises were being undertaken or the nature of how the airman fell.

The Air Force and Florida Fish and Wildlife are also assisting in the search.

This is a breaking story and will be updated when new information becomes available.

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