Race for the wreckage: US secures perimeter around spy balloon to stop China from reaching it first as Navy salvage vessel may not be on scene six miles off the coast of South Carolina for DAYS
US officials confirmed that an F-22 Raptor fighter jet shot down the Chinese spy balloon with a single AIM-9X sidewinder missile at 2.38pm on Saturday, six miles off the coast of South Carolina.
A senior military advisor told Fox News that the debris field was about seven-miles wide, with the depth of the waters estimated at 47 feet.
While multiple Navy and Coast Guard vessels are in the area establishing a security and search perimeter, the senior advisor said an official salvage vessel won't arrive until a couple of days. There is currently no timeline on the recovery of the balloon from the Atlantic Ocean following its week-long voyage across the US (inset).