May 16, 2017
Update: Coast Guard continues searching for survivors after locating debris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, during search for missing airplane
MIAMI – The Coast Guard continues to search for survivors Tuesday after locating a debris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, during a search for an airplane that was reported missing Monday.
Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City, Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a debris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The helicopter crew was able to lower a rescue swimmer and retrieve some of the debris to transfer ashore for identification.
Watch standers with the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center received a report from Miami Air Traffic Control at 2:10 p.m. Monday of lost radar and radio contact from of a MU-2B airplane approximately 37 miles east of Eleuthera. Communication was reported to be lost at 24,000 feet with a speed of 300 knots.
The airplane departed Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at approximately 11 a.m. Monday en route to Titusville, Florida.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules airplane crew, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew, an Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, C-130 Hercules airplane crew, and Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews assisted in the search. The Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew was diverted to assist and an Air Force C-130 airplane crew is on scene searching with an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew .
Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are also assisting in the search.
It was previously reported that Ulrich was from New York and Blumin's sons were 4 and 10 years old. Ulrich is from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's sons are 3 and 4 years old.
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