posted on June 11, 2013 14:24
Mount Vernon, Wash. - Three helicopters responded to the I-5 bridge collapse in Washington State on May 23, 2013:
- Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Rescue Team in “SnoHawk 10” a Bell UH-1H
- U.S. Navy Whidbey SAR in “Rescue 58” a Navy Sikorsky MH-60 Knighthawk
-Customs Border Protection in “Omaha” a Eurocopter AS-350
While the Snohomish County aircrew conducted a visual search of the Skagit River for a report of a survivor floating down river clinging to debris, the Navy aircrew landed and their Rescue Swimmer assisted in rescuing a woman trapped in a partially submerged truck. The Border Protection helicopter arrived soon afterwards and conducted live video downlink operations to the Incident Command.
The Pilot-in-Command of the Snohomish County helicopter coordinated all aircraft in the area, including a number of media helicopters, to switch to 123.1 VHF. This allowed all pilots to communicate on one frequency, announce their location and intent, and maintain safe aircraft separation.
There were no deaths or serious injuries sustained in the catastrophic bridge collapse on the interstate.
Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45hcxoLS0dI&sns=em