Our classmate and friend Pat Shaw was aboard that MH-60T helo that crashed in Utah on Wednesday. He survived the crash and is in the hospital.
From the Fifth District PAO:
SALT LAKE CITY – Three Coast Guard MH-60T helicopter crewmembers from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., who went down in the Rocky Mountains southeast of Salt Lake City Wednesday remain hospitalized Thursday.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Gina Panuzzi is reported in critical condition. Cdr. Patrick Shaw and Lt. Cdr. Steven Cerveny are reported to be in serious condition.
“I appreciate the support of the Wasatch and Summit County first responders, and I am very relieved to hear that the crewmembers were recovered and are being cared for at the University of Utah Hospital,” said Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander.
Please keep Pat and his family (as well as the rest of the crew and their loved ones) in your prayers.
Photo caption: “Rescue crews check out the scene of a helicopter crash near Soapstone Basin where one of two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters crashed into a mountain Wednesday above Kamas, Utah. There were five people on board the HH-60 Jayhawk, which was returning from security detail at the Winter Games in Vancouver. Early reports were that two crew members were seriously injured, one had minor injuries and two were unharmed. (Tom Smart, Deseret News, KSL-TV Chopper 5)”