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One Airman dead, two remain missing at sea

Posted 10/5/2014   Updated 10/5/2014 Email story   Print story


by 18th Wing Public Affairs

10/5/2014 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- One Airman is confirmed deceased and two more are missing after they were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa at about 3:45 p.m. Oct. 5.

An Airman that was found by the Japanese Coast Guard and pulled from the sea was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

HH-60s from Kadena Air Base and Japanese Coast Guard are continuing to search for the remaining two Airmen. Rough seas are complicating rescue efforts.

The names of the Airmen are being withheld for 24 hours after the notification of next of kin.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

10/5/2014 4:07:42 PM ET
Thoughts and prayers for their families. Praying that the lost ones will be rescued.
Ed Reece USAF ret, Vacaville Ca.
10/5/2014 12:13:58 PM ET
How....how does something like this happen Makes no sense none Bless them all.
DaBigInch, CONUS
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