DoD confirms death of Savannah soldier training in Yemen

A US Army (USA) UH-60L Black hawk Helicopter flies a low-level mission.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a local soldier who was previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) on August 25.

Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez was involved in a training incident off the coast of Yemen where a Black Hawk helicopter went down while practicing hoisting.

The army chopper was hovering ten feet above the water when it lost power. It then slowly crashed into the water and turned on its side.

Five special ops soldiers were rescued after the crash, and Rivera-Lopez was declared DUSTWUN.

The soldier was originally from Arizona but was living in Savannah. He was overseas supporting U.S. Central Command operations.

The incident remains under investigation. Stay with News 3 for further updates.

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