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Coast Guard finds debris from 2 Marine helicopters

The search continues for 12 Marines missing after two helicopters collided off Oahu's North Shore. The search continues for 12 Marines missing after two helicopters collided off Oahu's North Shore.
HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As monster surf continued to pound the North Shore on Saturday, rescuers combed a widening search area for any sign of 12 missing Marines.

The Coast Guard confirmed it had found debris from the two helicopters that collided off Oahu's North Shore late Thursday.

"The debris that's been located is consistent with the aircraft of this type and we found various debris from Waianae to Kahuku. It is just spread out over a large region," Coast Guard Lt. Scott Carr said. 

Two Marine Super Stallion helicopters collided about two miles offshore during night training Thursday. Six Marines were aboard each helicopter and are considered missing. 

"It's always going to be find our Marines and bring them home. Marines first," said Marine Capt. Alex Lim.

Searchers are criss-crossing the coastline from Kaena Point to Kahuku. Carr said anyone who finds debris should treat it as hazardous material. 

"They may have chemicals or pollution on it. As it's falling apart it could cause a hazard." 

The Corps bussed in 30 Marines to walk the shore looking for pieces of the helicopters or gear their fellow Marines had on board. 

"You have personal protective equipment. PPE is what it's called. And then you have a vest with a breathing apparatus," Lim said. 

Carr said while it's vital to collect all debris from the helicopters, the Coast Guard's focus is on the missing Marines.

"I know a lot of people are focused on the debris, but we're really focused on hopefully finding survivors," Carr said. 

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