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By Gina Harkins, Staff writer
It has been nearly eight years since two Marine Corps helicopters collided off the coast of Djibouti and fell into the Gulf of Aden, killing eight Marines and two airmen. Two of the pilots who survived the horrific accident swam to shore, where they were rescued by four off-duty Djiboutian soldiers.
The local men carried them to safety and got them on a medevac flight, never to see them again.
As the years passed, the Djiboutians and Americans thought about each other often. Did the Americans survive? Did the Djiboutians know how grateful the Marines were? What are they doing now?