Coast Guard conducts search for student overboard in Pacific

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard NewsHONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching for a student reported overboard from a Japanese training vessel approximately 138 miles southwest of Kauai, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified at 9:56 a.m., regarding a 17-year-old male Japanese national who was reported overboard from the 208-foot-long Japanese training vessel, Hokuho Maru during their transit from Honolulu to Japan.

The man was last seen at approximately 2:50 a.m., and was reported missing after he did not show up for muster. He was last seen wearing a light green jump suit. It is not known if he was wearing a life jacket.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was diverted from a training mission to begin a search.

The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, homeported here, and the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, homeported in Hilo, Hawaii are en route to assist in the search.

The Hokuho Maru is currently retracing its route to search for the missing student.

Weather conditions on scene are winds of approximately 7 mph, seas of 5 feet and a water temperature of approximately 77 degrees.

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