Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Balloonist

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard located partially submerged objects approximately 400 miles south of Unmak Island during their search last night for Michio Kanda, the missing balloonist.

The crew from a Coast Guard C-130 Long Range Surveillance Aircraft, from Air Station Kodiak, located white and blue cylinder-shaped objects and a tan colored object almost 300 miles northeast of the balloon’s last known location.

The Coast Guard is unable to confirm at this time whether the objects are related to their current search.

The air crew from the C-130 marked the area and returned today to attempt to relocate, photograph and identify the objects. The search today has been hampered by poor visibility, which is less than two miles, resulting in the objects not being relocated.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, which is transiting from Hawaii to Alaska, has been tasked with locating the debris along its drift track. Due to current weather avoidance the cutter’s estimated time of arrival is unknown.

The Coast Guard has been searching for Mr. Kanda since January 31st.

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