Quileute Nation group responds to Coast Guard helicopter crash
A group of quick-thinking members of the Quileute Nation of Washington responded to a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash on Wednesday morning.

The tribal members were on Quillayute River near James Island when the helicopter went down. Their actions resulted in the successful rescue of one member of the Coast Guard crew.

The tribal members also pulled another Coast Guardsman to shore but he died shortly afterward. The bodies of two other crew members were later recovered from the water.

"There was no thought about it — just reaction,"Darryl Penn, the Quileute Nation's harbormaster who helped with the effort, told The Seattle Times. "The Coast Guard is here for us when our boys are in harm's way."

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