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PHOTO UPDATE: Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Helicopter

October 18, 2017, 12:16 PM HST
* Updated October 19, 8:47 AM
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PHOTO UPDATE: Oct. 19, 2017

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ORIGINAL POST: Oct. 18, 2017

The US Coast Guard is continuing the search for two people who were aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter helicopter that went missing off the northwest side of Moloka‘i on Monday, Oct. 16.

Missing are:

Jeremy Dossetter, 27-years-old.

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Oliver Kirsch, 25-years-old.

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As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, Coast Guard assets have searched approximately 7,200 square miles.

Responding are:

  • HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364), an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349), a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu.
  • Maui County Fire Department Air 1 helicopter and ground crews.
  • MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37.
  • A civilian helicopter from Mauna Loa Helicopter Pilot School.
  • Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Response Coordination Center received a call from the Honolulu International Airport control tower at 7:26 p.m. Monday, reporting they had lost communications with a Robinson R44 helicopter with two people aboard.

The helicopter was reported to have left Honolulu Monday on a day trip to Moloka‘i and was on its way back.

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Weather on scene is currently 25 to 30 mph winds out of the east with 8-foot seas.

Coast Guard and fire department search for downed helicopter off Moloka‘i, Oct. 17, 2017. Maui Fire Department photo.

Coast Guard and fire department search for downed helicopter off Moloka‘i, Oct. 17, 2017. Maui Fire Department photo. Maui Fire Department photo.

Coast Guard and fire department search for downed helicopter off Moloka‘i, Oct. 17, 2017. Maui Fire Department photo. Maui Fire Department photo.

Coast Guard and fire department search for downed helicopter off Moloka‘i, Oct. 17, 2017. Maui Fire Department photo. Maui Fire Department photo.

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