NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- On Jan. 8, 2014 a Navy MH-53E helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. The wife of the missing pilot has asked the Navy to release his name. The family asks for privacy during this difficult time.
The missing pilot is Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, from Santee, Calif.
On behalf of the Snyder family:
They wish to express their deepest and sincere gratitude to the many men and women of the United States Navy, The United States Coast Guard, and the City of Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue team who have diligently participated in the rescue efforts. We cannot begin to express our appreciation for their time and sacrifice.
At this time, our hearts and prayers are for Sean's recovery, the other families who have suffered loss, and for the health of the hospitalized sailors.
Lieutenant Sean Snyder is a decorated pilot, a man of honor, dedicated husband, and father, who is proud and grateful for his privilege to serve his country in the United States Navy.
The family has a deep faith and trust in God and from him they have found their hope and peace. The Snyder's are extremely grateful for the love and support they have received from their friends and their community. They truly appreciate your continued prayers.
The family is not answering any questions at this time; please refer all questions to the public affairs officer of the Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic. 757-444-3373