Coast Guard recovers missing CG-6535 crew member

Andrew Knight Memorial Service

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight was honored earlier today in a memorial service for the crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6535. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Hours ago, response personnel recovered Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, the flight mechanic and fourth crew member of Coast Guard helicopter 6535.

Picture of Andrew Knight

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight served as the flight mechanic for Coast Guard helicopter 6535. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

“This has been a long, tasking week for all involved as we pushed forward and put in countless hours to find our fallen Guardians and bring them back home,” said Capt. Kenneth Ivery, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “The Coast Guard thanks all the responders including local, state and federal agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and volunteers. We are also very appreciative of the great city of Mobile and state of Alabama for the support demonstrated during this tragedy.”

On Feb. 28, 2012, a Coast Guard helicopter, designation 6535, went down in Mobile Bay, Ala., during a training flight. The bodies of aircraft commander Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, pilot Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge were recovered from the crash site last week.

Earlier today, Coast Guard personnel and families gathered at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., to pay tribute to the crew of CG-6535.

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