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On 3rd day of searching, Coast Guard remains hopeful survivors will be found

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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The search for 12 Marines missing after two helicopters collided off Oahu's North Shore late Thursday is continuing, and the Coast Guard remains hopeful survivors will be found.

Coast Capt. Jim Jenkins told reporters on Sunday that the search by air and sea remains active.

"We’ve been searching 24 hours a day since we were notified and got on scene, and we’re continuing our efforts," Jenkins said, at a news conference. "We are dedicated to trying to locate and bring back these service members and we will continue our efforts throughout the day."

The two Marine Corps choppers collided about two miles off Haleiwa during a routine late-night training mission, setting off a massive, multi-agency ocean search-and-rescue effort during one of the biggest swells of the winter season. Low visibility also hampered search efforts.

Debris from the helicopters had been scattered across miles of open ocean, from waters off Kahuku to Waianae. The Marines are collecting the debris.

Jenkins said the Coast Guard is working in conjunction with the Marines to determine how long to continue searching. Family members will be notified first if the search-and-rescue mission is halted.

Mobile users: To see a slideshow of the Marines who were aboard the two helicopters, click here.

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