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Marine helicopter goes down in ocean while attempting rescue; two dead, one missing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) _ A Marine Corps helicopter went down in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday while trying to rescue passengers from another helicopter crash. Two people died, and one Marine crew member was missing.

The civilian helicopter, carrying two workers on a Marine Corps project, crashed Friday after 8 p.m. The Coast Guard rescued one man Friday night, but he died later at a hospital.

The Marine helicopter, based in Beaufort, S.C., was searching for the second occupant when it went down about 9:30 a.m. A Coast Guard cutter rescued four of the five crewmembers.

``One Marine was holding on to the base of a Navy radar tower about 34 miles from the coast,'' said Lt. Dean Milne, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, which rescued the Marines.

One injured crewman was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.

The body of the other civilian was found Saturday morning.

The Coast Guard was searching for the missing Marine Saturday afternoon.

``The weather here is really good for our search conditions,'' Milne said. ``We are going to be there searching continuously until we believe there is no possible chance for recovery.''

The civilians were doing maintenance for the Marine Corps on ocean microwave towers that are part of a flight recording system used for tactical aircrew, authorities said.

No information on the cause of the crashes was released.
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