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Charleston Co sheriffs involved in search for pilot

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lieutenant Jack Scarborough of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office stayed on land as his crew headed 30 miles off the coast to join the search for a downed F-16 fighter jet.

The ten person team used high-tech underwater sonar searching for signs of life and debris from the F-16 piloted by Captain Nicholas Giglio. "Their function was to go out and run scans and sonar and operate robots that we have," said Scarborough.

On Thursday night, two F-16s collided during a nighttime training exercise. Captain Lee Bryant was flying one of the jets.  He landed safely at Charleston's Airforce Base. Giglio piloted the other F-16.  Since the collision an intense effort has been underway to find him.

Weather conditions Friday forced the search team with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office to disband early. "The sea conditions have gotten increasingly worse as the day has gone on and the sea is right now in excess of five feet. They're on a 43-foot boat and the boats getting tossed about," said Scarborough.

Search teams with larger vessels continued looking for Giglio despite the rough water.

The Navy, Air Force, and North Charleston Police Department are also assisting in the effort.

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