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Jul 7, 2010 1:58 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Coast Guard copter crashes off Washington coast

A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard says one of its helicopters has gone down off the Washington coast, and two crew members are missing.

Petty officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says rescue crews are looking for the missing crew off the waters of James Island, near La Push, Wash.

The helicopter was carrying a crew of four. La Push is about 100 miles west of Seattle. Bradshaw says the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was traveling from Astoria, Ore., to Sitka, Alaska. The Coast Guard lost contact with the chopper around 9:30 a.m. The Coast Guard says two of the crew members were retrieved by a civilian and have been transferred to a local hospital.

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