Missing mariners prompt Coast Guard and Marine Corps search

Apra Harbor, GUAM – The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps are searching for two overdue mariners in the vicintiy of Chuuk Island, Federated States of Micronesia.

Coast Guardsmen in Sector Guam were notified by representatives from the Federated States of Micronesia that a 23-foot skiff with two persons aboard was overdue from Nomwin Atoll to Weno, Chuuk Island at 3:17 p.m., Tuesday.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a request to have two Department of Defense or Coast Guard aircraft assist in the search.

A Marine Corps aircrew piloting a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 and a Coast Guard aircrew piloting an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii are searching for overdue mariners.

The two men, ages 24 and 32, departed Sunday morning and were scheduled to complete their 69-mile trip that evening.

According to the reporting source, the two mariners did not have any safety gear aboard their vessel.

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