Coast Guard, international partners continue search for missing skiff near Ujae Atoll

Image courtesy US Coast Guard
Image courtesy US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard is still looking for a skiff with two people aboard near Ujae Atoll.

A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu with a HC-130 Hercules airplane is helping with the search as is the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Pacific Patrol Boat RMIS Lomor and AMVER vessel Mell Seringat.

Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received notification from the Republic of Marshall Islands Sea Patrol Office Saturday afternoon that two people had been swept out to sea aboard a 12-foot skiff, Saturday.

The skiff originally had four people aboard transiting from Ujae Atoll to Bock Island when the engine reportedly failed.

Two men jumped overboard and swam back to Ujae while the remaining two stayed aboard the vessel.

Strong winds reportedly swept the skiff out to sea before the men could restart the engine.

The Hercules crew launched from at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. The Hercules crew arrived on scene at 4:43 p.m. Sunday and dropped two self-locating datum marker buoys in the projected search area.

As of Tuesday, approximately 9,666 miles have been searched since the skiff went missing. The Coast Guard, Republic of Marshall Islands’ Pacific Patrol Boat RMIS Lomor and AMVER vessel Mell Seringat continue search efforts approximately 281 miles from the Ujae Atoll. Ujae Atoll is approximately 1,455 miles east of Guam.

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