PHOTO UPDATE: Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Helicopter
PHOTO UPDATE: Oct. 19, 2017
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.
Jeremy Dossetter, 27-years-old.
Oliver Kirsch, 25-years-old.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, Coast Guard assets have searched approximately 7,200 square miles.
- 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.
Weather on scene is currently 25 to 30 mph winds out of the east with 8-foot seas.