Coast Guard aircrew from Honolulu launches to search, rescue in Guam

HONOLULU —A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point launched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to assist in a search for a mariner that went missing near Pingelap, in the Federated States of Micronesia, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report 10:25 p.m. Friday, regarding a male (approximately 40-years-old) in a 13-foot black and blue canoe who was separated from his party during a fishing trip about 150 yards northwest of Pingelap. The fishing party was on their way back to shore after weather conditions became unfavorable.

A crew aboard a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion, a long-range aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Japan, is scheduled to join the search tomorrow.

Anyone with any information about the missing man is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Guam at 671-355-4824.

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