RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - The United States Coast Guard is trying to find the person responsible for pointing a green laser pointer at two Coast Guard helicopter crews during a training operation last Monday evening in Richmond Hill.
The helicopter crew were training when they noticed a green laser trying to track their flight paths. Crews aborted the mission, and luckily no one was hurt but this situation could have been very dangerous.
"The laser can be refracted across the cockpit and cause temporary blindness. So if we are in a critical phase of flight whether it be landing, taking off, if there are any obstructions in the area, even momentary disorientation can potentially have devastating effects," said Lt. Trent Myers, U.S. Coast Guard.
Intentionally targeting an aircraft with a laser is a federal crime and a violation of Georgia state law. Violators could face up to five years in prison. Anyone who witnesses this crime is encouraged to call 911.