The Latest: Search for Marines suspended after Hawaii crash

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Posted: Jan 19, 2016 9:15 PM
The Latest: Search for Marines suspended after Hawaii crash

HONOLULU (AP) — The latest on the crash of two Marine helicopters off Hawaii (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The Coast Guard says it is suspending a massive search for 12 Marines who have been missing since two helicopters crashed off Hawaii.

The search for survivors was called off Tuesday afternoon after nearly five days of round-the-clock searching involving multiple agencies.

The search began late Thursday when a civilian on a beach reported seeing the helicopters flying and then a fireball.

The Marines were alerted when the helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base following a nighttime training mission. Hours later, the Coast Guard spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu.

All four life rafts that were aboard the helicopters were later found empty.

The Coast Guard initially reported that the choppers had collided, but the Marines said later it's not yet known if there was a collision.

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10 a.m.

The Coast Guard has found the last life raft from two helicopters carrying 12 Marines that crashed off Hawaii last week.

There's still no sign of the Marines as searchers comb the waves Tuesday. Marine Capt. Timothy Irish says the four life rafts have been recovered and all had been empty.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Tara Molle says a good Samaritan spotted the raft Monday afternoon. A Coast Guard cutter found it 3 miles north of Oahu's Kahuku.

She says there's no indication anyone had ever been on any of the rafts.

Various agencies have been searching since late Thursday when a civilian reported seeing the helicopters flying and then a fireball.