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U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Marines
   2016-01-20 20:12:53    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

This file photo shows U.S Marine special forces commandos jumping from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter into the ocean during insertion training called helocasting on November 5, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. [Photo: Imagine China]

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced a halt on its active search for 12 missing Marines who went missing last week after 2 military helicopters collided off Hawaii's Oahu Island.

The Coast Guard's 14th District's Acting Commander Captain Jim Jenkins said the decision to halt the searches was very difficult.

"We have not found the survivors, and this has significant scope and impact, stopping our search efforts. I know I speak for the entire Coast Guard when I say, our thoughts and prayers are with the Helicopter Squadron 463 and particularly with families and loved ones of those missing."

Some 40 thousand square nautical miles of ocean had been searched before the efforts were formally suspended.

The 2 CH-53E helicopters were on a routine training mission when they were reported to have collided just before midnight local time.

The search was hampered by storms.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew earlier spotted debris in the water off Haleiwa town on the north shore of Oahu, but no bodies were found.

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