Coast Guard crews searching for missing mariner off Oahu

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West

Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West

HONOLULU — Coast Guard crews are searching for a missing mariner Wednesday, 300-miles east of Hawaii.

The mariner, Phouc Nguyen, is a 53 years-old Vietnamese man reported to be wearing brown shorts and a white t-shirt without a personal flotation device.

At 6:30 a.m., Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu was notified by the fishing vessel St. Marie Anne, homeported in Honolulu, that a crew member was missing. The captain estimated the crew member was last seen at approximately 4 a.m.

JRCC Honolulu watchstanders launched crews at 9 a.m. from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak and the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball to begin searching.

The St. Marie Anne crew is also searching.

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