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    Update: Coast Guard, partner agencies enter third day of search for 12 Marine aviators off North Shore, Oahu

    Update: Coast Guard, partner agencies enter third day of search for 12 Marine aviators off North Shore, Oahu

    Courtesy Photo | Graphic of combined searches that will be complete by 6 p.m. Jan. 17, 2016, conducted...... read more read more



    Story by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir 

    U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

    HONOLULU — Search efforts continue Sunday for 12 Marine aviators off the North Shore of Oahu.

    Over Saturday night a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, the Navy warships and the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska searched. On scene today are:

    MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
    Navy P-3 Orion
    Navy H-60 helicopter
    Army H-60 helicopter
    Honolulu Fire Department helicopter
    Honolulu Police Department helicopter

    Surface assets:
    (1) Navy warships
    Coast Guard Cutter Kiska
    (2) Ocean Safety jet ski teams

    (65) Marines comprising shoreline search teams
    Incident Command Post team Honolulu
    Incident Command Post team Haleiwa

    Once current searches are completed around 6 p.m. responders will have conducted 78 individual searches contributing to the overall search effort of more than 15,956 square nautical miles (18,349 square miles).

    A Navy ship equipped with sonar will arrive on scene today to conduct an underwater search of the area around the last known position of the helicopters off Haleiwa. Anything located in this search can assist search and rescue planners with their analysis of factors and conditions, allowing them to narrow down the search area and maximize the odds of locating the missing Marines.

    “Coast Guard search and rescue planners use software and modeling to assist in identifying the most promising search areas. When looking for someone in the water, whether they are in the water on their own, have flotation or are in a life raft significantly affects where currents can carry them and where we should direct our search. The ocean around Hawaii can also be unpredictable, so the Coast Guard uses Self Locating Datum Marker Buoys placed in the currents we are dealing with to more accurately model the conditions,” said Lt. Scott Carr, Coast Guard 14th District public affairs officer.

    Weather conditions Sunday are reportedly 12 mph winds, with swells of 9 to 10 feet. A small craft advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for the North Shore of Oahu as well as a high surf warning.

    The Coast Guard Hercules crew engaged in the search Saturday night was struck by a green laser off Haleiwa Beach Park. The crew was not directly exposed and did not need to land, however, they were forced to alter their search pattern to minimize the chances of being struck again and exposed.

    During nighttime missions, laser beams can cause temporary loss of night vision, glaring and flash blindness, putting the crew members' lives in jeopardy. Targeting a laser at an aircraft is illegal and the FAA can impose a maximum civil penalty of $11,000 on an individual for each violation of regulations that prohibit interfering with flight crews.

    The public is reminded to use caution along the north and west shores of Oahu as the search continues. Debris should be treated as hazardous material and reported to the Marines at 808-257-8458 or 808-257-3023.

    The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Marine Corps.

    For questions specific to the Marine Corps please contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs officer at 808-216-7183.



    Date Taken: 01.17.2016
    Date Posted: 01.17.2016 18:20
    Story ID: 186475
    Location: HONOLULU , HI, US 

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