A member of the US Air Force Special Operations community is missing after a mishap over the Gulf of Mexico, prompting the US Coast Guard and local Florida law enforcement agencies to join together in an attempt to locate him.
Crews from Coast Guard Station Destin and Florida game wardens were dispatched Tuesday to look for the 24th Special Operations Wing member, who vanished after falling from a C-130.
According to NWF Daily News, the flight originated out of Hurlburt Field and was conducting a training exercise.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Kamil Zdankowski of Coast Guard Station Destin announced the search to the public nearly 10 hours after the mishap.
The 24th SOW stated that a “search is currently underway for an Airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing who exited his aircraft during a jump training scenario over the Gulf of Mexico approximately 4 miles south of Hurlburt Field. More details will be released as they become available.”
The status of the Airman is unknown. Some reports indicate that he was seen treading water after his parachute deployed, but the 24th SOW was not available for comment at this time.
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