Coast Guard searching for missing airman in the Gulf

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing airman off the coast of Destin. (U.S. Coast Guard)

DESTIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing airman who exited out of an aircraft during a training jump over the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard officials say the airman exited out of an Air force C-130 while flying over the water Tuesday. They say he was wearing a parachute that did deploy, but the crew lost sight of him once he hit the water.

Search efforts are being conducted by the Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Air Force two nautical miles off the shore of Destin.

We do not know the Airman's identity at this time but will continue to update this story as we learn more.

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