Air Drive takes lead in persevering with seek for lacking airman, household releases assertion


OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — The U.S. Air Drive introduced Friday night time they’ve taken the lead function within the seek for an airman.

29-year-old Workers Sgt. Cole Condiff went lacking after an unplanned parachute departure from a aircraft on Tuesday.

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The Coast Guard called off its search Friday. The Air Drive says the search has transitioned to a restoration effort, and restoration groups are refining and adjusting the search space. The U.S. Navy has additionally joined the hassle. Coast Guard air and boat crews spent over 130 hours on scene and searched greater than four,909 square-nautical miles over the course of 4 days, however had been unable to find the airman.

“We want to prolong our gratitude to the entire federal, state and native models which have aided within the seek for our Airman, particularly the U.S. Coast Guard,” mentioned U.S. Air Drive Col. Matt Allen, commander of the 24th Particular Operations Wing in a press launch. “We’ll proceed our restoration effort so long as circumstances and sources enable to carry our Airman residence.”

Condiff’s household launched an announcement Saturday.

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“Cole beloved his nation and was honored to serve to guard the freedoms we get pleasure from. Cole had a deep religion in God. Though we mourn, it’s by means of our religion that we take consolation in figuring out we might be with him once more. He beloved his household. He was a loyal husband, father, son, brother and buddy. He might be significantly missed by all. We want to specific our deepest and never-ending gratitude to those who have searched so diligently. We might additionally prefer to thank those that have been and proceed to face on the prepared to assist serve the household on this time of disaster. We ask for continued prayers as his spouse and daughters transfer ahead with out their beloved husband and daddy. Please pray for all of our navy males, ladies, and households.”

The Condiff Household

Condiff is survived by his spouse and their two daughters in addition to by his mother and father, sister and two brothers.  The Air Drive is investigating the incident.

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