BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The search for a Marine remains a rescue operation, nearly a full day after he went missing from a training flight on an Osprey aircraft over Bladen County.
Search crews are using search and rescue dogs, ATVs, helicopters and radar tracks to find the Marine, whose name has not been released.
The Marine Corps says it happened around 6:30 p.m. north of White Lake near the Bladen-Sampson County line. Bladen County dispatchers say the search is back on this morning after efforts were suspended around 2 a.m.
The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine was the crew chief on board the MV-22B Osprey, which means he should have been tethered in the back of the aircraft, which has the ability to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane.
This is a sad reminder that even in peacetime, military service can be an extremely hazardous life.
Prayers for the Marine.