NORFOLK, Va. -- The Marines Corps Friday called off its search for the bodies of the crewmen lost when their helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during routine exercises near the Canary Islands.
The body of one of the five crewmen aboard the chopper was recovered.
The other four Marines were declared missing and presumed dead.
Searchers working both in the air and on the water had almost ideal conditions -- calm seas and high visibility -- and began their work as soon as the helicopter disappeared from radar screens Wednesday night. Some debris from the CH-53E helicopter was recovered, but the cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The Marine whose body was recovered was identified as 1st Lt. Mark Gruber, 25, of Elizabethtown, Ky. The Marines listed as missing and presumed dead were Capt. Jeffrey Wright, 30, of Conyers, Ga.; Staff Sgt. Dennis Dwyer, 35, of Yellowstone, Mont.; Lance Cpl. Scott P. Paul, 21, of Strong, Maine; and Lance Cpl. Kenneth Saunders Jr., 20, of Hawthorne, Fla.
The chopper was operating off the USS Guam, an amphibious assault ship. All were members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The accident remains under investigation.