Search continues for missing army helicopter, 5 marines on board

A helicopter en route from Nevada to California went missing on Tuesday.

A military helicopter that went missing in Southern California was found Wednesday morning, but the search and rescue operation for the five missing Marines aboard continues, the U.S. Marine Corps said.

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was reported “delayed” to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday night. The helicopter took off from Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas and was en route to Miramar in the San Diego area.

Marines called the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the Civil Air Patrol for assistance.

The Sheriff's Department said it received a call at 1:50 a.m. and sent its own helicopter to search, but the chopper was unable to reach the area due to an atmospheric river storm hitting the area. The sheriff's department said they sent vehicles off the road to navigate the rough terrain.

The helicopter was found at 9.08 am on Wednesday, the navy said.

Rescue operations are ongoing.

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White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the situation.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said: “We are watching this very closely. “Our intentions are the best.”

ABC News' Fritz Farrow contributed to this report.

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