Navy divers back in the water at helicopter crash site


Navy divers were back in the water Monday at the site where a Navy helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week, killing at least two of five crew members.

A fifth sailor remains missing.

Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, suspended search-and-recovery operations late Friday because of rough weather and returned to the crash site Sunday, said Lt. Lauren Cole, a spokeswoman with U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.

The salvage ship Grasp is anchored above the wreckage, located about 18 miles off Cape Henry. Patrol boats from Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 also are providing security, Cole said.

Lt. Wesley Van Dorn, 29, a pilot, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Collins, 25, a crew member, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday after going down with their MH-53 Sea Dragon. Two other crew members were plucked from the frigid water by a Navy rescue helicopter, and both have left the hospital.

Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, of Santee, Calif., also a pilot, remains missing.



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