From the Commandant:
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 5:39 PM
Subject: Subject: ALL HANDS - ACCIDENT INVOLVING CG-6505
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Allen, Thad Admiral
> Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 2:25 PM
> Subject: ALL HANDS - ACCIDENT INVOLVING CG-6505
> To the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard:
> It is with great regret that I inform you of a tragic loss of three
> of our shipmates. Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Andrew Wischmeier,
> Aviation Survival Technician First Class (AST1) David Skimin and
> Aviation Maintenance Technician Second Class (AMT2) Joshua Nichols
> lost their lives when their HH-65 helicopter crashed five nautical
> miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii. A fourth member of the crew was also
> in the aircraft but is still missing. Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force,
> Hawaii Air National Guard and local fire and police assets will
> continue searching and we will make every effort to locate our
> shipmate and wingman.
> The incident occurred while the aircrew of CG-6505 was performing
> small boat hoist operations with a Station Honolulu 47' motor life
> boat during the early evening hours of 04 September. Immediately
> after the crash, a Honolulu Fire Department Response Boat recovered
> LCDR Wischmeier, AST1 Skimin and AMT2 Nichols without any vital
> signs. The Fire Department boat crew performed CPR and the three
> Coast Guardsmen were medically evacuated to a local hospital but they
> did not survive.
> Our highest priority now is the families, friends and shipmates of
> the fallen aircrew. Each one was married with children. Our hearts go
> out to their loved ones during this difficult time. All of the
> families have been notified. The entire Coast Guard will provide
> whatever support services are necessary for the families and crew of
> Air Station Barbers Point. We will conduct an investigation into the
> circumstances surrounding the accident to determine the cause and
> help prevent future incidents.
> This terrible accident is a reminder that we operate in an extremely
> hazardous environment. Coast Guard men and women go into harm's way
> to train and conduct operations each day. In difficult times, we must
> re-dedicate ourselves to performing operations safely and effectively.
> The aircrew of CG-6505 epitomized the Guardian Ethos and the Nation is
> grateful for their service.
> Please join Secretary Chertoff, me and all who serve in taking a
> moment to reflect on the loss of these Guardians. Please keep their
> families and fellow crew members in your thoughts and prayers. Find
> time to also recognize the value of your own loved ones, friends and
> teammates. Details of the memorial services and how you can express
> your condolences to the families will be provided when available. I
> will also notify you of the search results for the missing member of
> the aircrew. Thank you for your dedication to the Coast Guard and to
> each other.
> Admiral Thad Allen
> Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
As far as I know, they still have not located the missing crewmember.