Coast Guard, others search for missing vessel and people – Pacific Daily News

One person from an overdue boat in the Federated States of Micronesia was pulled from the water alive, and another person’s body was recovered, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which said a large-scale search continues for two people still missing.

Officials are searching what is described as a “debris field” in the ocean, for two people possibly using gas cans as flotation devices.

Two men and two women left Chuuk State last Wednesday for the Hall Islands – an estimated 80 nautical mile journey – with gas cans and food on board their boat, a release from the Coast Guard states.

On Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Chuuk asked U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam to help search for the overdue vessel.

The Federated States of Micronesia patrol boat FSS Indepdendence started searching Friday, according to the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard planes from Japan and Hawaii started searching Saturday, along with six volunteer civilian vessels.

The FSM patrol boat on Sunday found a gas can from the overdue vessel, and Coast Guard planes flew over the debris field, locating two people, who were then picked up by the patrol boat, according to the Coast Guard.

Lt. Iia Miller, Coast Guard Sector Guam public affairs officer, said one man was found alive and the other person died. The identity or sex of the dead person isn’t being released, pending family notification, she said.

The man who was found alive told rescuers that the two other people used  gas cans as flotation devices to swim away, Miller said. 

The USCGC Washington was scheduled to arrive on scene Sunday night to begin searching for the remaining people, the release states. 




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