A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter embarked on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln crashed into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday afternoon.
As of roughly 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet posted on its Facebook page that one crewmember had been rescued while rescue efforts continued for five other crewmembers.
The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. roughly 60 nautical miles off San Diego, the Navy said in a statement.
Search and rescue efforts involving several Navy and Coast Guard vessels were ongoing as of 11:50 p.m. local time.
Abraham Lincoln had been underway in recent days, with Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet and E/A-18 Growler jets conducting carrier qualifications, according to a press release sent out earlier on Tuesday.
Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the name of the helicopter. It is a Sea Hawk.
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