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Missing Chuukese mariners found safe

Two sailors who were reported missing on Sunday are back on Chuuk Island in the Marianas after being picked up on Wednesday, the Coast Guard said.

A Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Okinawa spotted the skiff with the two men 69 miles northwest of Chuuk Island while conducting a search in coordination with the Coast Guard. A life raft with an aviation radio, food, water, flares and signaling devices was dropped to the men. 

The 623-foot motor vessel Solar Africa picked up the mariners at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. A Chuukese fishing vessel transferred the mariners from the Solar Africa and took them to Chuuk Island. 

A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Barbers Point participated in the search.

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