Recovery of missing servicemen continues following weather cancellations

Recovery of missing servicemen continues following weather cancellations

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - According to Military officials, the recovery operation for the 11 servicemen, who went missing following a helicopter crash off of the Florida panhandle, resumed Saturday after being called off due to weather conditions. Among the missing are seven United States Marines based out of Camp Lejuene, North Carolina and four National Guardsmen from Hammond, LA.

The accident occurred Tuesday when their Black Hawk crashed into the water. The search is being led by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center. Responders will continue to focus on recovering human remains along the shore and debris fields surrounding the crash site.

While the four National Guardsmen have yet to be identified, the seven Marines have been identified as:

  • Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III
  • Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders
  • Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol
  • Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock
  • Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn
  • Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp
  • Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif

Officials ask anyone along the Santa Rosa Sound Area who find debris or who may have witnessed events surrounding the crash of the Blackhawk Helicopter, to call 850-884-9281.

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