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Seven Americans Injured as Cobra Gold Helicopter Crashes in Thailand Jungle

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
PHUKET: Rescuers found a crashed US helicopter in jungle today in northern Thailand and airlifted seven injured Americans out to hospitals.

Four were admitted. They are Brigan Forney, Sarah Smith, Matthew Marcinko and Gavin Christian. Brigan Forney is reported to be suffering serious burns.

The crash came in Phitsanulok province during Operation Cobra Gold, the regular military drill which is drawing to a close in Thailand.

Smoke from the heavy US helicopter crash was noticed at noon, soon after a heavy rainstorm. It was 3pm before the injured were ferried out.

Brigan Forney was being treated at Buddhachinaraj Hospital while the other three injured personnel were taken to Pitsanuvej Hospital.

Three other Americans were treated and did not require admission.

About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries - Thailand, US, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia - have been participating in Cobra Gold 2013, a joint, multi-national military training exercise.

It's believed the exercise was drawing to a close.

Four Thai military personnel were slightly injured when a helicopter staged an emergency landing on Phuket on February 6.

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My baby!!!! My prayers are with all and especially my son Matthew!!!! I love you son, God bless you and remember we are all here waiting for your safe return to the states. Hang on and believe in your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for your healing!!

Posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2013 00:37

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Dear Matthew, We are all praying for all you!! May God bless you and wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you.

Posted by Denise on February 21, 2013 08:19

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America, take your war games and plans elsewhere. Stop War

Posted by Sean on February 21, 2013 09:33

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May you be able to use the strength of God, your family and friends to help you get through this. We are all praying for you.
God bless you Matthew and your buddies.

Posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2013 09:34

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Love you MattyMatt!!! Get better were all praying for you && your brother loves you!!!

Posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2013 12:38

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Hey Matt, you're gonna be alright there's so many prayers coming at y'all right now God is gonna get frustrated and snap his fingers hahaa but be tough big bro there's a lot of people who need you back home!!! Oh and stop yelling at the nurses...they probably don't speak English lol

Posted by Matt Covington on February 21, 2013 19:35

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I work with Bryans dad and the past couple of days has been very hard. My heart breaks for him, because he so desperatly wants to be by his sons side right now. Prayers to you Bryan and to Jennie and the kids also who have to be going crazy with worry!!!

Posted by Anonymous on February 21, 2013 21:45

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Our prayers are with you Bryan...and Jennie. Bryan is one tough guy, he'll pull through as his faith is on his side. Fred.

Posted by Fred on February 23, 2013 14:36

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I'm an American mom with a step-son in the Marines, living not far from Phitsanoluk. Was staying at the Amerin Lagoon the night before the crash. Thai friends are making inquiries (in Thai :-) to see what we can do to help. All best thoughts to everyone during this difficult time.

Posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2013 00:34

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Hi. American Mom again. We called on Monday, and were told all 4 were transferred (from both hospitals) to Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok the day after the crash. This is a world class hospital. (www.bumrungrad.com) They will have the best of care by the kindest people on the planet. All good thoughts to everyone.

Posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2013 19:16


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