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live this morning. record heat. building across much of the country for the weekend. blazes sparking firenados. the wind warnings and advisories spread from california to new york. that big warm-up right now baby love we have a big announcement from ginger zee and little adrian training for this moment for months. now they're joining us live with news you don't want to miss. it's right here on "gma." come on. ah! you did too when you saw baby adrian. oh, we can't wait to check in with ginger and sweet little adrian. >> and big day for adrian. today is his two-month birthday. >> two months. >> happy birthday. >> we're going to check in with the family a little later. other big headlines. the race for the white house now reaching the vatican. donald trump and the pope in a war of words.
with the pope and we'll get to all that in a moment. >> an electrifying moment. we'll begin with that terrifying chopper crash in hawaii. it went down with five tourists on board. a 15-year-old passenger is in critical condition this morning. we'll talk with two men who jumped into action on the scene after this report from our kayna whitworth in honolulu. good morning, kayna. >> reporter: yeah, george, good morning to you. that tour helicopter, i want to show you where it crashed, right behind me in that murky water and it is still there this morning. this is an area visited by nearly 2 million people every year and helicopter tours are very popular. but once you see this video, it's hard to imagine anyone made it out alive. a heart-stopping moment caught on camera. this helicopter carrying tourists near pearl harbor suddenly plummeting into the ocean just 20 feet from shore. >> oh. >> reporter: a family of four including a 15-year-old boy and the pilot on board. the chopper falling from the
sinking near the popular pearl harbor visitors center. witnesses frantically jumping in to help. >> we all jumped the wall and ran over to help. i pulled everything out of my pocket pockets. >> reporter: almost immediately three people swam to the surface but the 15-year-old reportedly trapped underwater for several minutes before he was finally pulled out of the wreckage. >> we got him. >> oh, god. yay. [ applause ] >> whoo. >> reporter: first responders performing cpr on the boy before he was transported to the hospital in critical condition. >> three minutes that person was underwater. that was scary. >> reporter: this morning the ntsb is investigating what caused this doors off helicopter to go down. bystanders say the last thing they heard was the chopper sputtering then two loud bangs before it crashed. now, in addition to that 15-year-old boy who is still listed in critical condition this morning, three other people
one was released overnight. now this tour was run by genesis aviation and at this point they have no comment. george. >> thanks, kayna. we are joined by christian gardner who jumped in to save those passengers and shawn winrich who caught that rescue on tape. thank you both for joining us this morning. chris, let me just begin with you. when did you realize what was going wrong and what did you do? >> i heard the helicopter. i did not see it. i just heard it go into what we call auto rotation and i saw people running and screaming and -- >> all your instincts kicked in. what did you see when you got underwater and how did you guys manage to get the person in the belt free? >> pearl harbor is pretty murky. luckily the helicopter is only in about ten feet of water. and they were fortunate to have been flying with the doors off, which is a good thick. you know, so the passengers were accessible. everybody had gotten out except
>> aand you guys had to cut through that seat belt. >> a couple other guys in the water with me, brian who is a federal police officer and we had a navy sailor and one of them finally got a knife and we were able to slightly cut through and it took a long time. six or seven minutes to finally cut through it. >> and shawn, as you were there, you just happened to be turning in the direction of the helicopter, right? >> i just happened to have, you know, my phone aimed or in that direction and, you know, noticed the helicopter flying awkwardly low and essentially coming straight for us. i wasn't sure. i thought it would be cool -- >> why didn't you run? >> at that instant i did have a moment twarry fear for safety of myself and others around with rotating blades and you can actually see in the slow motion
a little bit right after the impact. >> and thank goodness now everybody is doing better this morning. chris, you know, did you ever think about the danger you were putting yourself in? you acted so quickly. >> you know, anybody else would have done the same thing and there was multiple people that jumped in the water at the same time, so it's just the way we do it here in hawaii. >> and a lot of people are grateful that you did. thanks very much. thanks for joining us this morning. >> all right. aloha. >> you're welcome. >> all generous instinct there. >> that's how they do it there in hawaii and hopefully everybody will make a full recovery. the other big headline this morning. donald trump versus the pope. the two caught in a public war of words as pope francis proclaims the gop front-runner is not christian and a new poll out this morning shows trump's lead is shrinking in south carolina. abc's tom llamas has the latest, joins us from columbia. good morning, tom. >> reporter: robin, good morning to you. that shows the magnitude of donald trump's unorthodox
on the global stage a world leader condemning trump and that new poll you showed down here in south carolina, the race is tightening. a new fight for donald trump, pope francis proclaiming what trump's critics have been whispering, that trump is not christian. >> i didn't think it was a good thing for him to say, frankly. >> reporter: the pope making the statement on a flight back to mexico in his papal plane. a person who thinks only about building walls wherever they may be and not of building bridges is not christian, the pope said. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> they're using the pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves. >> reporter: trump, the south carolina front-runner blaming mexico for convincing the pope trump's border wall is not humane and his campaign tweeting an image of vatican city showing it's surrounded by walls. >> so, if and when the vatican is attacked by isis, which as everyone knows is isis' trophy, i can promise you that
and prayed that donald trump would have been president. >> and trump who just a few days ago said this about senator ted cruz -- >> i have never seen anybody that lied as much as ted cruz and he goes around saying he's a christian. >> reporter: trump now saying this. >> no leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith. >> reporter: but in this fight, cruz was trying to stay neutral. >> listen, that's between donald and the pope. i'm not going to get in the middle of that. >> do you think it's unchristian to have a border wall? >> reporter: senator cruz also favors a border wall. >> reporter: do you think it's unchristian to build a border wall? he dodged me as i tried to get his comments. do you think a border wall is unchristian? >> i'll visit with the voters now. thank you. >> reporter: overnight senator marco rubio, a catholic, said this. >> the pope wasn't speaking about a theological matter but a
i disagree with a lot of things donald trump said but i do think america has a right to secure its borders. >> reporter: donald trump still says he wants to meet the pope and respects his position as head of the catholic church. this is not your typical donald trump counterpunch, but, again, robin, we are talking about the pope. >> thank you. chief foreign correspondent terry moran was part of that midair news conference on board the papal plane and joins us now from the vatican. terry, that must have been something on the plane like that. did the pope intend to inject himself into the presidential race? >> reporter: well, good morning, robin. it was a stunning moment and we all looked at each other when he said it. i think the pope is being accurately quoted. he knew exactly what he was doing. he knows who donald trump is. look at his face when he's asked about him and, in fact, he's been saying these things to european leaders here, the exact same kind of things. also you go back to his time in oregon, argentina he gave a lot of politicians headaches. he knows exactly what he's doing here. >> i've traveled like many of us
i'm trying to recall that wall that donald trump is referring to. what is he talking about? >> reporter: well, they're pretty spectacular. they surround much of the vatican, thousand-year-old massive medieval walls to keep out bandits and invading barbarians and such, however, just behind me here, that's st. peter's square. you can walk right in. there's no wall. just a little white line on the pavement and millions of people walk in there every year. no police check. no border check. people just walk right into the vatican. that's the point. >> quite open to the public. all right, thank you. >> we move on to the democrats and what looks like a dead heat in nevada. the latest polls show hillary clinton and bernie sanders neck and neck and ramping up the attacks ahead of tomorrow's caucuses. cecilia vega is on the scene in las vegas. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: hi, george, good morning to you. the attacks are at fever pitch here but bernie sanders is feeling confident. he says if people show up
firing off on bernie sanders for criticizing the president. >> senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. you know what, well, it's true. >> reporter: the final forum before saturday's caucuses, the two rivals in this neck and neck race, going head-to-head. >> there is one of the two democratic candidates here who actually ran against barack obama. it wasn't me. >> i take a backseat to nobody in being very clear about what i will do to make sure wall street never crashes main street again. >> reporter: sanders also saying he is a feminist and this. >> in fact, gloria steinem made me an honorary woman many, many years ago. >> reporter: in this fight to the finish both sides fighting to win latino and union workers in the silver state. >> i'm not just making speeches or promises free this and free that and free everything. >> reporter: in the process, they nearly came face-to-face on the picket line, clinton first, just minutes later, sanders right there too.
what you are doing. >> reporter: the attacks never ending. sanders accusing clinton of cozying up to president obama in an election year. >> and we know what that's about. that's trying to win support from the african-american community where the president is enormously popular. >> reporter: and clinton asked if she's always told the truth caught up on her own answer. >> i've always tried to. always. always. >> reporter: and i stop by one of hillary clinton's campaign offices here in las vegas. i can tell you it was packed full of volunteers. they are making thousands of calls just out of that one office alone every single day. bernie sanders, george, might be feeling of can dent but hillary clinton is not going down without a fight here. george. >> caucuses at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. cecilia, thanks very much. let's talk about it with our analyst matt dowd and cokie roberts. let's begin with the comments from the pope. your mom served as ambassador to the vatican for several years. how surprised with were you that the pope injected himself in this way?
surprised but he has been very clear on all kinds of issues where he thinks he's following what jesus said which is what it is to be christian. he backed away when people said should you not vote for donald trump, he said, i'm not going to get into that and he did also say i'll give him the benefit of the doubt. but his basic statement that if what you're going to do is build walls instead of bridges, it's kind of hard to argue with. >> although that would implicate a lot of the other candidates, as well, not just donald trump. meanwhile, matthew dowd, what impact do you think it has on the race? think this should start with the pope and a presidential candidate walk into a bar. in the course of this i think it's an amazing week that we've had. you have a candidate, the leading candidate for the republicans to get in a fight with the pope. get in fight with the popular governor and the popular republican president. get in fight with a popular incumbent us senator and is likely to win the south carolina primary in the course of this.
all and in some ways it may help him. if people have to pick between building a wall and supporting the pope, they're going to in the republican primary right now they're going to pick building the wall and you can see every other one of donald trump's opponents have not gone anywhere near this or they've supported donald trump in this. >> meantime, cokie, you are actually -- >> it's also important to keep -- right in south carolina where the catholic population is 7% total. this might have been a much more difficult moment for donald trump in new hampshire or iowa where the catholic population is 35%, 25%. so this is not a state where the pope is likely to be terribly popular. >> end of the line for some gop candidates tomorrow? >> yes, i think at best a four-way going forward so 6-4 and could be a three-way race after tomorrow. >> matt dowd, cokie roberts, thanks very much. back to robin. >> now, george, back to that big warm-up heading east and the firenados heading to the plains and rob marciano is tracking it all for us.
square. it's 25 degrees but we've seen this week we can go from winter to spring, even summer in a hurry and that's exactly what we'll do. already happening in the plains. look at this video out of pratt county, missouri, just outside of kansas city, numerous grasp fires yesterday. a firenado or whirl, kind of a dust devil in those fires were controlled quickly. some minor evacuations but to danger there. wind warnings up. more high fire danger in the central part of the u.s. and wind watches from california all the way to new york state. temperatures in the 70s and 80s again and that gets to new york city by the end of the week. robin, back over to you. >> thank you. now to the supreme court, the world, of course, remembering justice scalia as his body lies in repose today in the supreme court building. president obama and the first lady expected to pay their respects this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's funeral. abc's jon karl is outside the court for us now. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin.
and remembrance at the supreme court. the casket carrying justice scalia's body will be brought here later carried up the steps of the supreme court into the great hall where it'll be placed on what is called the lincoln cat that catta cattafalk and lie in row pose till 8:00 tonight. the public can pay its respects. tomorrow the funeral service and at that funeral service tomorrow, robin, the homily given by justice paul scalia, that's justice -- reverend paul scalia, that is justice scalia's son. >> and we're told that the obamas will not be attending the funeral tomorrow. do we know why? >> reporter: well, the white house said the president felt the most appropriate place for him to pay his respects would be here. he will be here at the court, as you mentioned later today and tomorrow vice president biden will represent the white house at the service. they point out that biden has a much smaller security detail, will be less disruptive. >> you bring up the vice
his name is being mentioned as a possible supreme court -- >> reporter: yeah, possible nominee. i wouldn't really suggest that's likely to happen. but it's interesting, neither the white house nor biden yesterday refused to rule it out but i would say that would be a highly unlikely possibility, robin. >> i'm sure going to be hearing a lot of names in the near future. have a good weekend. thank you. now to amy with the other top developing stories right now starting with breaking news against -- in the fight against isis. >> that's right. we are getting word of a u.s. air strike in libya. the target was an isis camp west of the capital city of tripoli. believed to be the location of an isis leader wanted for attacks in nearby tunisia. no word if he was killed but more than 30 isis recruits reportedly have died. apple may have extra time in its battle against the fbi. bloomberg reporting they've been given until next friday to respond to a court order directing them to unlock the cell phone that belonged to syed farook.
company to support apple in fighting the order citing those privacy concerns. and some shocking video from south texas. the tap water, look at that, in one city looks more like oil. wow. people in crystal city say they were never warned that their water system was being flushed. this all comes as several city offs face corruption charges. the mayor you see there was recently led away in handcuffs. overseas a near-miss at this train station. a man running across the tracks barely escapes with his life. the train came in just as he was about to jump onto the platform but he hurried back with seconds to spare. and finally, this may look like liquid hot magma but it's not. these images show a rare phenomenon at yosemite national park for only a few days each february the sun hits horsetail falls just right making the water look like a river of fire and, robin, this is for you, magma. >> thank you. it's been a long time.
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3 monaplasma a possible threat linked to isis has a community on edge. the threat is directed towards the hargrave military academy in chatham. authoritites confirm that the threat came in at noon on tuesday via facebook and it mentioned isis. now the school has heightened security on campus and classes are canceled through the weekend. an open house scheduled for saturday at the school has also been postponed.
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morning. happy friday, everyone. and it is a happy friday looking at ginger zee and look how she looks at her little baby boy. it's a big day for adrian. 2 months old today. where does the time go, ginger? >> where does the time go? >> it just flies by. we'll be checking in with the family. >> can i tell you i saw an instagram picture of ginger doing a backhandspring on a trampoline. the woman is a superhero. >> adrian looks so comfortable right now. also right now the late justice antonin scalia's body lying in repose at the supreme court ahead of his funeral tomorrow. president obama and the first lady expected to pay their respects this afternoon.
trump caught in a war of words about whether or not trump is christian. the gop front-runner joins us next. we have a big story about those hackers targeting your computers. we've got a warning for you. what you should do to protect your private information. really important story coming up, george. but we are going to begin with donald trump caught in that exchange with the pope a day ahead of the south carolina primary. i spoke with him just moments ago. mr. trump, thank you for joining us again this morning. are you worried at all this confrontation will hurt you in this race? >> you never know, george. with me it's illegal immigration. we want to have the wall. we have to have the wall. we have to stop the drugs from pouring in and the illegal immigrants from just absolutely pouring into our country and somehow the mexican government's said that donald trump wants to -- is the front-runner, wants to stop all of this from happening and the pope made mention of it. i think it was a little lighter than mentioned than the press portrayed after i read a
about illegal immigration, george. we have to have a border or we just don't have a country. >> so if you were president right now and you had the chance to meet with the pope as president obama did -- has, what would you say to him? >> well, i think i'd explain the problem of the border and i'm sure he's getting the one side, mexico, we have a tremendous trade deficit, $58 billion trade deficit with mexico. in other words, they're making a fortune off of the united states and, you know, much of it is coming in illegally and i think i would explain the problems of illegal immigration, the tremendous crime that's ensued. the tremendous economic burden that we've got and the drug problem. i mean, i just won in a