Rescued Marine returns home after fighter jet crash

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Albany, Ore. Marine is home for New Year's 4 months after a fighter jet crash nearly killed him.

Captain Pete Brawn suffered 2 broken arms, a broken leg and spent 4 hours drifting in the Pacific Ocean after his F/A-18 Hornet jet went down off the coast of San Diego, Calif. last August.

Brawn ejected from the jet, along with his weapons officer. The two men spent hours in the water blowing whistles and yelling for help until it arrived.

Saturday, family and friends gathered at Portland International Airport to welcome him home.

"Whatever you do in life, just be thankful for what you have and never give up," Brawn said.

Brawn joined the Marines after graduating from Oregon State University. He's been a pilot for 5 years.

His family told KATU News Brawn has been flying since he was 15. They say they have no doubt he'll be back in the air soon.