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Coast Guard sends Hawaii-based plane to search for Chuuk boaters

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Barbers Point has joined the search for  a missing 23-foot skiff with two people aboard near Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a request to have two Department of Defense or Coast Guard aircraft assist in the search.

The two overdue mariners were traveling from Nomwin Atoll to Weno in Chuuk Island. The two men, ages 24 and 32, departed Sunday morning and were scheduled to complete their 69-mile trip that evening.

The Coast Guard search aircraft joined a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 stationed on Okinawa.

According to the source that made the report to authorities, the two mariners did not have any safety gear aboard their vessel.

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