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U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashes in Mobile Bay


A search and rescue mission is under way at this hour after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed into the Mobile Bay.

Authorities say three people are missing. One person has been rescued and is being transported to an area hospital.

Spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Bordelon told the Associated Press that the helicopter was an MH-65 Dolphin.

She also confirmed the transport of one victim to a hospital but could not provide an update on their condition. She was not immediately sure if the four people on board are Coast Guard service members.

Bordelon said that the helicopter was involved in a training mission out of Mobile's Aviation Training Center when it went down near Point Clear. 

Boats and other aircraft from both Alabama and Mississippi are being deployed to help in the search and rescue effort. Bordelon said the Coast Guard has two helicopters and a boat involved in the search.

WSFA 12 News will have the latest information on the search and rescue efforts as they become available. Tune in to Today in Alabama starting at 5:00am.

Copyright 2012  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved. The Associate Press contributed.

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