UPDATE: BODY OF MISSING NAVY PILOT FOUND Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, Was Still In Cockpit
It’s finally over. The families of the crew of the ill-fated MH-53 Sea Dragon that went down last week during a training mission off the Virginia coast now know the status of all their sons and fellow crewmates.
Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, was found still in the cockpit of the wrecked chopper late Tuesday. Navy divers were able to recover his body, and positive identification was released earlier today.
The discovery brings the death toll of the wrecked helicopter’s 5-member crew to 3. FOX broke the news earlier today ending a week of agony for Lt. Snyder’s family:
The Snyder family released a statement through the Navy saying they were “truly thankful to the men and women of the United States Navy. Sean was a man of honor and a true hero, not only to his country, but also to his wife, children, family, and friends. Our strength and trust remain in Christ.” – January 15, 2014, FOX News
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The MH-53 Sea Dragon crashed 18 miles off Virginia Beach on January 8 with its 5-member crew during routine mine countermeasure training. One crew member was immediately killed, and a second member died later that day. They are identified as Wesley Van Dorn, 29, of Greensboro, NC, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Collins, 25, of Truckee, CA.
A memorial service for the now-3 crew members killed in the wreck is planned for Friday.
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Eternal Father, Strong To Save
May God bless our sea warriors and their families forever. Keep the faith, bros, in all things courage, and no substitute for VICTORY!