Coast Guard searching for missing mariners in Republic of the Marshall Islands

C-130 Taking off from Barbers Point

USCG File Photo - Air Station Barbers Point

HONOLULU —The Coast Guard is assisting in the search for four mariners in a 15-foot boat reported missing near Majuro, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Saturday.

The U.S. Embassy in Majuro contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center at 3 p.m. Friday for assistance in creating search patterns using the drift search and rescue optimal planning system. Search patterns will provide local rescue assets a better sense of the missing mariners possible location based on currents and weather. A sea patrol boat from the Republic of Marshall Islands is searching, as is a private aircraft.

At 1 p.m. Saturday the JRCC was contacted again by the U.S. Embassy requesting assets to assist in the search. A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched at 3 p.m. Saturday. The C-130 search plane has conducted more than 6,900 square mile search pattern.

The four missing mariners were on their way from Arno Atoll to Majuro in a 15-foot aluminum hull boat that departed Thursday, then failed to arrive at their destination.

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