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Community holds candlelight vigil for missing Marines

Community gathers for candlelight vigil to honor 12 missing Marines Community gathers for candlelight vigil to honor 12 missing Marines
Jack Reed Jack Reed
Lt. Scott Carr (USCG) Lt. Scott Carr (USCG)
Larterrious Johnson Larterrious Johnson
HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Community members gathered at Haleiwa Beach on Saturday night to pray for the 12 Marines missing after two military helicopters collided off the North Shore.

“We’re just here to keep praying and wanting something,” said North Shore Resident Jack Reed. “A sign, you know, we want them found.”

The Coast Guard has found debris from the two helicopters in a widening search area, stretching from Kahuku to Waianae and seven miles offshore.

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

Meanwhile, on Saturday, several U.S. Army soldiers and members of the public volunteered to help scour the shoreline for debris.

“We've been up and down the North Shore looking for any debris or informalities within the ocean that we can call back to the command center,” said soldier Larterrious Johnson.

Coast Guard officials are asking anyone who finds debris to treat it as hazardous material.

“They may have chemicals or pollution on it,” Carr said. “There may be some things as it interacts with the ocean or as it's falling apart that could cause a hazard."

While some progress has been made finding debris, rescuers remain focused on finding any survivors.

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

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