The U.S. coast guard announced the suspension of the search for the 12 Marines missing in the crash of two military helicopters near the island of Oahu in Hawaii. By the evening of Tuesday, January 19, when the search operation was stopped, it was to no avail surveyed about 75 thousand square kilometers of ocean, Reuters reports.

“The decision to halt the search when no one was able to find alive is extremely difficult, given the depth of our experience. On behalf of all coast guard saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines in helicopter squadron and the families and friends of those who remain missing,” said captain Dimi Jenkins, commander of coast guard 14th district.

According to him, when receiving new information, the operation can be resumed. Perhaps the efficiency of searching was prevented by high waves, noted The New York Times. The publication cites the words of Lieutenant Scott Carr, who stated that five days were found four life rafts with a crashed helicopter. Their condition does not allow to draw an unambiguous conclusion, did the Marines use them to salvation. Were also found small fragments of aircraft.

Two helicopters CH-53E line, carrying Marines from a military base in Hawaii, took part in exercises in the Bay of Kano last Thursday, January 14. Shortly before midnight they collided and exploded. The coast guard, the Navy and other services, using boats and planes, more than 115 times went into the ocean and the coast in hope to find the missing. The Marines combed beaches on foot and on skis.

The aircraft are from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st MAW in Hawaii.

— U.S. Marines (@USMC) January 15, 2016

Before the collapse of the helicopters have not received any communication issues or problems, says WGN TV. Situated on the beach, people told me that he saw a fireball above the water. Presumably, the catastrophe has led to the simultaneous reduction of helicopters, the AP writes, citing the expert on survival at sea, retired military Mario the Vuitton.

The Post Huffingron publishes the names, photos and short biographies of the missing soldiers.

Search 12 US Marines who went missing in the crash of two helicopters near the Hawaiian Islands, suspended 20.01.2016

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