Coast Guard to suspend search for 12 Marines of Hawaii coast

(KHON)–The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday that at sunset, crews will suspend the active search for 12 Marines missing after Thursday night’s double helicopter crash off the North Shore.

This was the fifth day of a multi-agency search-and-rescue mission.

Capt. Jim Jenkins, U.S. Coast Guard District 14 chief of staff, called it a very difficult decision, made after careful analysis of the developments and circumstances of the case.

This is still an active search-and-rescue mission until the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps agree to call off the search.

An officer is assigned to every single family with a missing Marine to provide them direct updates on the search.

Tuesday’s search efforts started at the command center at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park with military trucks with trailers heading towards Kaena Point and a large bus with Marines driving toward Kahuku.

Around 6:50 a.m., a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter arrived on scene to begin its search effort.

On Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard confirmed all four life rafts aboard the two aircraft were recovered, and there was no indication from the sightings that any survivors had been aboard any of the life rafts.

The twelve Marines are:

  • Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.
  • Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama.
  • Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota.
  • Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania.
  • Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina.
  • Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama.
  • Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas.
  • Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts.
  • Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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