The Marine Corps says 12 Marines who were in two helicopters that crashed off Hawaii are considered dead. Rescuers searched for five days for the service members who were taking part in a night training mission.
A day after calling off a search-and-rescue mission for 12 Marines who went down in a two-helicopter collision off the coast of Oahu, the Marine Corps has officially declared that the Marines are lost, according to a story from Military.com.
Four officers and eight enlisted crew members went down when two CH-53E Super Stallionsattached to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 out of Hawaii collided during routine night training Jan. 14. A joint search-and-rescue effort led by the Coast Guard combed a debris field off Oahu’s north shore for five days, turning up four empty life rafts and aircraft parts, but no survivors.
Capt. Timothy Irish, a spokesman for III Marine Expeditionary Force, said the Marine Corps updated the status of the missing men to “deceased” Jan. 20, following the end of the search…..For More on This Story From Military.com Go Here