Coast Guard, Royal Australian Navy respond to search for overdue mariners

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Barbers Point is en route to The Republic of the Marshall Islands in response to a search in Majuro for an overdue vessel with seven people aboard Friday.

The 20-foot skiff, carrying seven males between the ages for 19 and 30, was last seen leaving the southwestern part of Maloelap Atoll en route north to Kaven Island, Thursday. The Royal Australian Navy liaison to the Republic of Marshall Islands contacted Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu watchstanders at 10 p.m. Thursday and reported the vessel as 24 hours overdue.

JRCC personnel are working closely with Royal Australian Navy liaison in coordinating joint search patterns that include assets from both governments.

Currently an Air Marshall Islands aircraft is conducting search patterns and the Royal Australian Navy is preparing to launch their 107-foot Pacific patrol boat.

It will take the Hercules crew approximately eight hours to reach the atoll.

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