Coast Guard, partner agencies continue responding to downed Marine Corps helicopters

Coast Guard Cutter Kiska

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue searching for survivors after two aircraft crashed off Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Friday.

Responders are searching for survivors in a debris field located approximately seven miles offshore that stretches from Mokule’ia Beach to Turtle Bay.

“The Coast Guard is asking that people use extreme caution along the coastal area surrounding the wreckage site which stretches from Mokule’ia Beach to Turtle Bay,” says Lt. Scott Carr, Coast Guard 14th District public affairs officer. “We are urging people to stay out of the water and off the beaches due to debris that could pose potential risk and cause serious bodily harm.”

At 11:38 p.m. Thursday, watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification of two possible downed military helicopters each reportedly with six personnel aboard.

Watchstanders at the Sector transferred the case to the Coast Guard District 14 Command Center, also in Honolulu. Watchstanders at the District directed the launch of Coast Guard aircrews from Air Station Barbers Point and requested assistance from other local agencies.

Crews involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules airplane
  • 2 Navy warships
  • MH-60 helicopter crew from the 37th Helicopter Squadron out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii
  • Honolulu Fire Department
  • Helicopter Rescue Boat
  • Coast Guard Cutters Ahi and Kiska

Weather conditions are 17 to 23 mph winds, 16 foot swells with 30 to 40 foot surf and one mile visibility.

A high surf advisory is in effect for the north facing shore of Oahu with 10 to 15 foot waves building to 25 to 30 waves later in the day.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Marine Corps.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi is an 87-foot patrol boat currently in Maui.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kiska is a 110-foot patrol boat in Hilo.

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