POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 3:46 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2011
SAN DIEGO >> The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued the crew of a Marine Corps fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.
A Coast Guard spokesman says the two Marines were plucked from the water by a rescue swimmer lowered by helicopter at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, more than four hours after their jet went down. They were flown to a hospital and are listed in stable condition.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd class Henry G. Dunphy says an air and sea search was launched shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday when the jet was reported missing.
On Thursday morning, the crew of a Coast Guard vessel heard the Marines calling for help off the coast about 85 miles southwest of San Diego and a helicopter was called in.
The missing jet has not been recovered.