Images: Marines assist Coast Guard in search and rescue operations [Image 4 of 4]
Lance Cpls. Eric Bruning, left, and Vinson Gallardo drop a life raft containing food, water and other survival aids from a KC-130J Hercules aircraft to two men aboard a skiff, top right, during a search and rescue mission June 6. The aircraft aided U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam with a search-and-rescue mission approximately 60 nautical miles northwest of Chuuk Island, one of the Federated States of Micronesia. The Coast Guard was notified June 5 at 3:17 p.m. that two mariners piloting a 23-foot skiff were overdue to Chuuk Island and initiated a search and rescue mission. The Marines were asked to assist in the search with available air assets that evening and launched the aircraft the next morning, spotting the mariners at 2:00 p.m. The Marines coordinated with the Coast Guard to have a rescue vessel arrive and transport the mariners to Chuuk Island. VMGR-152 is part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force and is currently in support of Exercise Geiger Fury 2012.
Date Posted:06.08.2012 02:55
Location:APRA HARBOR, GU