WHITE LAKE — A search has been under way since Monday evening for a marine who fell from an Osprey military aircraft during a training mission between White Lake and Bay Tree Lake at about 6:30 p.m.
The search area for Tuesday consists of the area just west of White Lake to Autrytown Road and includes areas such as blueberry fields and Carolina Bays, according to Bladen County Emergency Mangement Director Bradley Kinlaw. The search includes both local responders as well as members of the Marine Corps according to reports.
According to WECT, the crew of the Osprey were practicing touch and go landings as part of a training mission when they noticed the crew member was missing.
According to a release from the Public Affairs Office of the 2nd Maraine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, the marine was taking part in a training mission at the time of the incident. The location of the incident is about 45 miles west of Marine Air Corps New River Air Station. The marine was a member of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
The identity of the marine involved in the mishap is being withheld due to “privacy regulations.”
“While the cause of the mishap is under investigation, our first priority is to locate our missing comrade. We ask that everyone keeps this Marine in their prayers and that you do nothing to hinder the efforts of the authorities involved in the search,” the release stated.
Watch the Bladen Journal’s website at www.bladenjournal.com for details as they are released.