Sector San Diego rescues
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The Coast Guard continued a search early Thursday for three people whose plane went down about one mile southwest of San Clemente Island off the coast of San Diego.

Officials were notified shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday by the air traffic control tower on the island regarding a possible plane down, and a debris field was subsequently located, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Levi Read told City News Service.

“We have our Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward searching the area and they will be searching throughout the night and the early morning,” Read said later Wednesday night.

A crew from Air Station San Diego was also searching aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

The debris field was found in the ocean about a mile southwest of the island, which is a Navy training area located about 80 miles west of San Diego.

The search also involves personnel from the Navy and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Read said.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Updated 5:30 a.m. May 11, 2023