The search for the missing Marines continued off the North Shore
of Oahu for a second day, with the Coast Guard and partner agencies
expanding their search from Waianae to Kahuku off Oahu, and
extending out to sea eight miles, the Coast Guard said.
"We'd like to reiterate to the public to use caution along the north
and west shores of Oahu as the search continues. Debris should be
treated as hazardous material," said Lt. Scott Carr, Coast Guard
14th District public affairs officer.
Among the missing were Maj. Shawn Campbell, 41, of College Station,
Texas, Capt. Brian Kennedy, 31, of Philadelphia, Capt. Kevin Roche,
30, of St. Louis, Capt. Steven Torbert, 29, of Florence, Alabama,
Sgt. Dillon Semolina, 24, of Chaska, Minnesota and Sgt. Adam
Schoeller, 25, of Gardners, Pennsylvania, the Marines Corps said.
Also missing were Sgt. Jeffrey Sempler, 22, of Woodruff, South
Carolina, Sgt. William Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama, Cpl. Matthew
Drown, 23, from Spring, Texas, Cpl. Thomas Jardas, 22, of Fort
Myers, Florida, Cpl. Christopher Orlando, 23, of Hingham,
Massachusetts and Lance Cpl. Ty Hart, 21, from Aumsville, Oregon.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as
we continue search and rescue efforts," the statement added.
High waves and poor visibility continued to hamper the search.
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The CH-53E helicopters, belonging to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
from the Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay, were on a routine
training mission when they were reported to have collided just
before midnight local time.
The Coast Guard said debris had been seen through the entire area of
the accident site. A Coast Guard helicopter crew earlier in the
search spotted debris in the water off the town of Haleiwa on the
north shore of Oahu, but did not find passengers.
No distress call was issued by either aircraft. Authorities were
notified by a man standing on the beach who saw a fireball over the
ocean after seeing the helicopters flying in that area.
(Reporting by Suzanne Roig in Honolulu and Chris Michaud in New
York; Editing by Ed Davies)
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