Coast Guard searching for missing airman in the Gulf near Florida Panhandle

Coast Guard searching for missing airman in the Gulf near Florida Panhandle
The Coast Guard is searching for an airman who fell out of an aircraft on Tuesday. (Source: AP Graphic/AP)

DESTIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP/Gray News) - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing Air Force airman who fell out of an aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico, WJHG reported.

Coast Guard officials say the airman fell out of an Air Force C-130 while flying over the water Tuesday. They say he was wearing a parachute that did deploy, but the crew lost sight of him once he hit the water.

Search efforts are being conducted by the Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Air Force two nautical miles off the shore of Destin.

The airman’s identity isn’t known at this time.

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