Erin Smith Staff writer
May 20, 2014
WHITE LAKE — A search is continuing for a Marine who fell from an Osprey during a training session over White Lake and Bay Tree Lakes on Monday evening about 6:30 p.m.
A Marine Aircraft Group 26 spokesman gave an update on Tuesday morning from the command post set up at White Lake and said the Marine Corps intends to stay in the area searching until the Marine is located.
He said there are 13 to 15 groups searching on foot and using ATVS, and he expected search-dog teams to be brought in later in the day. The teams include Bladen County Emergency Management personnel and White Lake Fire Department members, as well as Marine Corps members.
“Local landowners have been notified to let their workers know there may be a man on the grounds,” said the Marine Corps spokesman.
The Marine fell out of the Osprey as they were practicing touch and go landings on Monday evening. The search area includes the west bank of White Lake to Autrytown Road and covers Carolina Bays as well as blueberry fields.
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