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Photos: Davis-Monthan Airmen en route to rescue injured sailors in Pacific Ocean

A U.S. Air Force pararescue Airman from the 48th Rescue Squadron parachutes into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean 1,100 nautical miles from the Mexican coast with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

A U.S. Air Force pararescue Airman from the 48th Rescue Squadron parachutes into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean 1,100 nautical miles from the Mexican coast with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Maj. Nelson Bennet, a pilot assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron, positions an HC-130J Combat King II behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for air-to-air refueling off the coast of Mexico May 03, 2014. Bennet and his crew transported U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 563rd Rescue Group to rescue two critically injured sailors 1,100 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean. The teams flew nearly 11 hours, requiring the in-air refueling, before the pararescue forces parachuted into the ocean along with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. The KC-135 was flown by Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Maj. Nelson Bennet, a pilot assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron, positions an HC-130J Combat King II behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for air-to-air refueling off the coast of Mexico May 03, 2014. Bennet and his crew transported U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 563rd Rescue Group to rescue two critically injured sailors 1,100 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean. The teams flew nearly 11 hours, requiring the in-air refueling, before the pararescue forces parachuted into the ocean along with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. The KC-135 was flown by Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Maj. Nelson Bennet, a pilot assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron, positions an HC-130J Combat King II behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for air-to-air refueling off the coast of Mexico May 03, 2014. Bennet and his crew transported U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 563rd Rescue Group to rescue two critically injured sailors 1,100 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean. The teams flew nearly 11 hours, requiring the in-air refueling, before the pararescue forces parachuted into the ocean along with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. The KC-135 was flown by Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Maj. Nelson Bennet, a pilot assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron, positions an HC-130J Combat King II behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for air-to-air refueling off the coast of Mexico May 03, 2014. Bennet and his crew transported U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 563rd Rescue Group to rescue two critically injured sailors 1,100 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean. The teams flew nearly 11 hours, requiring the in-air refueling, before the pararescue forces parachuted into the ocean along with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. The KC-135 was flown by Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

U.S. Air Force pararescue Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron perform a function check on their gear before parachuting into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically-injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean 1,100 nautical miles off the Mexican coast with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

U.S. Air Force pararescue Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron perform a function check on their gear before parachuting into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically-injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean 1,100 nautical miles off the Mexican coast with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

U.S. Air Force pararescue Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron parachute into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean 1,100 nautical miles off the Mexican coast with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

U.S. Air Force pararescue Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron parachute into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean 1,100 nautical miles off the Mexican coast with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Airman 1st Class Franscisco Harper, left, and a pararescue Airman survey the area as U.S. Air Force pararescue forces parachute into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The pararescue Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean along with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. Harper is a loadmaster assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron and the pararescue Airmen involved in the operation are from the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Airman 1st Class Franscisco Harper, left, and a pararescue Airman survey the area as U.S. Air Force pararescue forces parachute into the Pacific Ocean to aid to two critically injured sailors aboard a Venezuelan fishing boat May 3, 2014. The pararescue Airmen flew in two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and three HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters for nearly 11 hours, and then parachuted into the ocean along with two inflatable zodiac boats and medical equipment to deliver lifesaving care. Harper is a loadmaster assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron and the pararescue Airmen involved in the operation are from the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

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