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    New York Air National Guard Ended Search for Missing Sailor Sunday Night



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    New York National Guard

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. -- Aircraft and crews from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing spent 21 hours over three days, scouring more than 20,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles south and east of Cape Cod, for a missing Canadian solo-sailor before the United States Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard called off the search Sunday night, Nov. 22.

    According to the Coast Guard 18 aircraft searches were conducted, amounting to 82 hours of search time, covering 152,000 square miles of ocean. At one point five aircraft from both the United States and Canada were searching the ocean from Nova Scotia to Florida.

    The Coast Guard ended the search for 67-year old Hubert Marcoux and his sailboat the Mon Pays on Sunday evening. The 106th Rescue Wing was asked to join in the search on Friday. Nov. 20 and launched HC-130 search and rescue aircraft from Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard base on Nov. 20, Nov. 21, and Nov. 22.

    The Mon Pays, which left Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 9, and was due in Bermuda on Nov. 16 has not yet been located.

    Along with dispatching the aircraft with para-rescue jumpers on board, the 106th kept two HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters on standby in case they were needed if the 45-foot sailboat was located.

    The Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk suspended the search at 8:22 p.m. Sunday after consulting with the Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax, Nova Scotia.



    Date Taken: 11.23.2009
    Date Posted: 11.23.2009 15:00
    Story ID: 41926

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