Josh was a good friend of ours at Goldcoast Skydivers. My wife and I ran into another Coastie on another forum. This was his answer to what had happened in HI. "Inbox :: Message From: Sainte Subject: Re: You wouldn't happen.... i didnt know him personally but i was good friedns with the 3 other guys on the plane. i have heard nothing but good about Josh and can assure you the other crewmen on that flight were all excellent people. it messed me up enough that i didnt fly for about 3 months after that accident. it was finally determined that the hoist cable had fouled around a bit on the boat they were hoisting to. it snapped under pressure and caused the helo to lean over too far. when the pilot corrected for it, the rotor blades actually ripped the hoist off the plane and caused considerable damage to the rotor blades. the pilot took the plane back towards shore in an attempt to land instead of ditching. he apparently did not realize the extent of damage to the plane. both Josh and the swimmer, Dave Skimmin stated they should prepare to ditch. unfortunately they didnt have time to do that before the rotors came off the plane. they were at 500 feet when that happened. i have a sticker on my hemet commemorating the 6505 and it's crew. last year, we got a plane in here at new orleans with the tail number 6605. we usually just use the last two numbers in the planes tail number, but i started a tradition here in nola to use the last 3 numbers when flying the 6605. too much bad juju using "05" as a call sign. the other guys on the flight were: aircraft commander (air station XO) Capt. Thom Nelson co-pilot, CDR Andy Wischmeier Rescue Swimmer, AST1 Dave Skimmin " God Bless Josh and his crew! And his fellow CoastGuardedsmen that protect us!