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Aug112011

US Fighter Jet Reported Missing over California Coast

U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart/ReleasedUPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard tells ABC News that the two people aboard the missing Marine Corps fighter jet have been recovered after search and rescue teams heard the duo calling for help from the water.

The two have been lifted to safety and are being transported to the Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego for treatment.  The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

A field of debris was spotted in the water, but there is no indication yet of what caused the accident.

(SAN DIEGO) -- A U.S. military fighter jet is missing over the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Navy reported the missing F/A-18 Hornet Wednesday night at 10:30.  They told the San Diego Coast Guard that the aircraft was last spotted 58 miles southwest of Point Loma in San Diego.

The Coast Guard has diverted two cutters, and has deployed a C-130 Hercules aircraft and a helicopter to search the scene and assist in rescue efforts if needed.

The USCG told ABC News that the fighter jet belongs to the Marine Corps and that it flew out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

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