Coast Guard and U.S. Navy search for missing mariner near Pingelap

GUAM—A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point continues to search for a missing mariner last seen Saturday near the island of Pingelap in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Hawaii-based aircrew launched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to assist in the search Sunday.

The aircrew covered a total search area of 1,800 nautical square miles, approximately eight times the size of Guam. The area being searched is approximately 30 miles northwest off the coast of Pingelap.

Two data marker buoys were deployed during today’s search. One was air-dropped at the mariner’s last known position and another at today’s search starting point. Data marker buoys are used to calculate drift patterns.

Watchstanders in Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report 6:25 p.m. Saturday, regarding a male in a13-foot black and blue canoe who was separated from his party during a fishing trip approximately 150 yards northwest of the island. 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 long-range aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Japan is also assisting in the search.

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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