AIS used to vector fishing vessel in rescue attempt

AIS was used by the Coast Guard in the rescue attempt yesterday after two F-15C’s collided over the Gulf of Mexico today. This pilot was recovered, but unfortunately did not survive.

From http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/20/jetcrash/index.html:

Capt. Jim McPherson of the Coast Guard told CNN the crew of a Coast Guard aircraft on a training mission spotted a parachute dropping into the Gulf Wednesday afternoon.

The crew used radar and an automated identification system to detect a fishing boat in the area and directed that boat to the area where the parachute landed.

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