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Search on for missing Guam sailboat

The Coast Guard is searching for the Pineapple, a 38-foot twin-hulled catamaran. The Coast Guard is searching for the Pineapple, a 38-foot twin-hulled catamaran.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -A Coast Guard aircrew and members of the Philippine Coast Guard are searching for five people missing aboard a catamaran sailboat who are reported to be heading to the Philippines.

Guam search and rescue coordinators received a call from family members of the crew aboard the 38-foot catamaran, Pineapple, who are concerned about the trip from Guam to Cebu Island in the Philippines. The Pineapple departed Guam Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. and was expected to arrive at Cebu Island on Jan. 16.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators launched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point, Wednesday.Guam search and rescue coordinators asked the Philippine Coast Guard to start the search.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and SafetyNET asking all commercial ships transiting the area to be on the lookout and report any sightings of the sailboat Monday.

The Coast Guard contacted harbor masters in Guam, Yap, Palau, and the Philippines to report any contact with the Pineapple.

"Although weather conditions make sail transits difficult to predict, the planned voyage was supposed to take seven to 10 days with the sailboat arriving in the Philippines no later than Sunday," Lt. j.g. Justin Valentino, a search and rescue coordinator for Guam.

The Pineapple is described as a 38-foot twin-hulled catamaran with a white hull and white sails. The sailboat has five American citizens onboard.

On scene weather conditions are reported to be 17 to 23 mph winds and five to 8-foot seas.

Media are asked to contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson at 808-535-3230 for more information about this release.

More information on SafteyNET can be found at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gmdssSafteyNet.

Click here http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1096735 for a photo of the Pineapple.

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