Rescue crews searching for 12 Marines missing after helicopter crash

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OAHU, Hawaii – Rescue crews are searching for 12 service members who are missing after a helicopter crash off of Oahu’s North Shore on Thursday.

“This is probably one of the most difficult search missions I’ve seen,” said Coast Guard Lt. Scott Carr. “Our goal is to find survivors.”

The Marine Corps says two helicopters, each carrying six personnel, collided and landed in the water.

Some witnesses saw a flash in the sky while others heard a loud boom over the water.

“There are 12 Marines that are still missing. Their whereabouts are unknown. We’re still looking for survivors and it was about six Marines per aircraft. I’d like to stress the fact that it was aircrew, there were no passengers on board and that this was a part of routine training that the helicopters were doing at night,” said Capt. Timothy Irish, with the United States Marine Corps.

The ocean is making it difficult for search teams since waves are expected to reach 30 to 40 feet in some spots.

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