Search continues for downed helicopter off Molokai

A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File photo

HONOLULU — The search continued for two people aboard a downed helicopter off the northwest side of Molokai, Wednesday.

Missing are Jeremy Dossetter, 27-years-old and Oliver Kirsch, 25-years-old.

Responding are:

  • HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364), an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349), a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu.
  • Maui County Fire Department Air 1 helicopter and ground crews.
  • MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37.
  • A civilian helicopter from Mauna Loa Helicopter Pilot School.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Response Coordination Center received a call from the Honolulu International Airport control tower at 7:26 p.m. Monday, reporting they had lost communications with a Robinson R44 helicopter with two people aboard.

The helicopter was reported to have left Honolulu Monday on a day trip to Molokai and was on its way back.

Weather on scene is currently 25 to 30 mph winds out of the east with 8-foot seas.

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