Coast Guard, Navy help search for overdue skiff

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
SANTA RITA, Guam — The Coast Guard along with the Navy and Federated States of Micronesia are searching for an overdue skiff with two people aboard in the vicinity of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, Saturday.

Crewmembers at Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report Wednesday from the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Pohnpei, that a 57-year-old male and a 49-year-old male aboard a 19-foot skiff were missing.

They departed the Utwa Marina for a day trip between July 24-25 aboard the white and beige skiff.

Assisting in the search are two HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, one Navy P-3 Orion airplane crew from Okinawa, Japan and the Federated States Ship Palikir crew from Pohnpei.

As of Saturday, approximately 10,320 miles have been searched in the Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands regions.

The 14th Coast Guard District encompasses an area of 12.2 million square miles of the Central and South Pacific. Coast Guard aircraft based in Hawaii frequently travel thousands of miles in response to search and rescue and other calls for assistance. The Hercules is scheduled to be replaced by the HC-130J, which will bring increased capabilities to Coast Guard response across the Pacific.

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