A Coast Guard helicopter on a training mission near Port Angeles was grounded Monday night after someone pointed a laser at the aircraft.

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A Coast Guard helicopter on a training mission near Port Angeles was grounded Monday night after someone pointed a laser at the aircraft.

The MH-65 Dolphin returned immediately to Air Station Port Angeles and landed safely just after 6:30 p.m., according to a Coast Guard news release.

“No injuries were reported, but all crew members are grounded until they are cleared by medical personnel as laser strikes can cause permanent eye damage,” the news release said. “During nighttime missions, laser beams can also cause temporary loss of night vision, glaring and flash blindness, putting the crew members’ lives in jeopardy.”

Coast Guard personnel are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.