Marine Fighter Pilots Rescued From Atlantic After Plane Goes Down

Two Marine Corps fighter pilots have been rescued from the ocean off South Carolina after their aircraft went down.

A statement from the U.S. Coast Guard said Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort notified the Coast Guard at about 5:17 p.m. Wednesday that two pilots aboard a Marine F/A-18D Hornet went down about 35 miles off the coast.

Authorities said two parachutes were spotted, indicating that the pilots had ejected. A Coast Guard helicopter from Charleston located the missing pilots and rescued them about an hour after the crash.

The Coast Guard statement didn't say if the Marines were injured. Coast Guard officials didn't immediately return messages seeking further comment Wednesday night.

The pilots are attached to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224.