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The U.S. Air Force on Sunday identified the airman presumed dead after he fell into the Gulf of Mexico from a C-130 aircraft last week, as recovery efforts continued.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, a special tactics combat controller with 24th Special Operations Wing, part of the Air Force Special Operations Command, fell 1,500 feet out of the plane Tuesday morning during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field, Fla., investigators said.
The article goes on to state the following:
Crew members aboard the C-130 said they initially saw Condiff, whose parachute did deploy, treading water but lost sight of him while making a turn to pick him up. The Coast Guard spent over 130 hours on the scene and searched over 4,900 square nautical miles, but were unable to find the airman.
Condiff, a Dallas native, is survived by his wife and two young daughters, his parents, two brothers and a sister. He had served a two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spokane, Washington. He joined the the Air Force in 2012, and had completed deployments to Africa and Afghanistan.
According to the report, Condiff was a static-line jumpmaster, military free-fall jumper, combat scuba diver, air traffic controller and a joint terminal attack controller.
Thank you for your love, prayers, and support. If you would like to help, there is a GoFundMe account set up to benefit Cole’s wife and children. Again, thank you all! https://t.co/TBQ1wnT1Iy
— Tyler Condiff 🇺🇸 (@CoachCondiff) November 11, 2019
MISSING AIRMAN IDENTIFIED: U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Cole Condiff is survived by his wife and their two daughters as well as by his parents, sister and two brothers. https://t.co/gmz8BNUp30
— Gretchen Kernbach (@GretchenK_TV) November 10, 2019
Thank you for your service 🇺🇸 | U.S. Air Force officials have identified Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, as the missing airman who had an “unplanned parachute departure” from a C-130 aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. https://t.co/49VOmuLKBU pic.twitter.com/xVQgKvUh7o
— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) November 11, 2019
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