3 rescued from downed Navy helicopter near James River Bridge

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Three crew members were rescued from a downed Navy helicopter near the James River Bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard confirms.

The Coast Guard says a Good Samaritan vessel rescued the three people. The Navy said in a news release Tuesday that the helicopter crashed during a routine training mission.

WAVY cameras were there as the three crew members walked off of a rescue boat. They were taken to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for evaluation.

Photos: Navy Helo Crashes in James River

The helicopter, an MH-60 Seahawk, is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), the helicopter Fleet Replacement Squadron based at Naval Station Norfolk.

Newport News Fire Battalion Chief Steve Pincus addressed the media in a noon news conference on Tuesday following the incident.

Boater David Hayslett witnessed the helicopter go down. Hayslett told 10 On Your Side’ s Joe Fisher that the helicopter was hovering low before it crashed.

“I don’t know what exactly happened, and the tail come down and hit the buoy and broke the tail off,” Hayslett said. ” Then the chopper laid sideways, the blades hit the water and the blades went everywhere.”

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Coast Guard and Newport News Fire Department all responded to the scene Tuesday, according to emergency dispatchers. The incident was reported at 11:12 a.m.

The Coast Guard is dispatching a helo crew for an overflight of the scene. A small boat crew is also being sent from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth to assess the situation.

Newport News Police say officers are at the Huntington Park Boat Ramp.

Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman Mike Maus tells 10 On Your Side there is no information on when the helicopter will be recovered.

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