Another US Marine Injured in East Africa

July 7, 2008 - 8:08 PM

Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A US Marine and three Kenyan soldiers were critically injured in a helicopter crash while taking part in joint US-African military exercises in East Africa.

Just three days ago, four U.S. Marines were seriously hurt when their truck rolled over in the same area. All the wounded are at the same Mombassa hospital.

The Kenyan Army helicopter went down late Thursday while approaching the Moi International Airport in Mombassa, 500 kilometers south of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The names of the servicemen injured Friday had not been released at this writing. They were participating in a joint international military force conducting military exercises along Kenya's Indian Ocean coast.

Two helicopters were flying side-by-side near the remote town of Lamu, when one crashed into a swamp. A senior military official in Nairobi told CNSNews.com the accident was the result of engine failure.

The four US Marines injured earlier this week are identified as Rodriguez-Borjas and Jose Alamo, both from Los Angeles; Alfredo Lozano of Texas; and Ryan Lowery of Montgomery, Ohio. Lowery's condition is described as critical.

The team leader, identified only as Captain Thibodeaux, declined to give details of what might have caused the accident, saying the investigation is continuing.

"We are hoping to transfer [the four] to a military base at Landstuhl in Germany," he told CNSNews.com from Mombassa late Thursday.

"There is a fully-equipped plane already here and we hope they will be transferred either tonight or tomorrow."

The joint exercise, code-named Natural Fire 2000, involves U.S. Marines and soldiers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.