USCG Suspends Search for Missing Chuuk Skiff

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Chuuk, FSM — The search for two fishermen missing from Chuuk Atoll since March 13th has been suspended. 

The international search effort was undertaken by aircraft and vessels from the F.S.M., U.S., and Australia, as well as by numerous commercial merchant ships that were in transit through the area.

The combined search effort covered an area of over 11,000 square nautical miles between Chuuk Atoll and the islands west of there; including Namonuito Atoll and Pulap Atoll. A Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft began the search last Saturday, they were joined on Sunday by a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion and a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules.

The FSS MICRONESIA, a F.S.M. 105’ patrol boat, joined the search on Sunday as well.

Throughout the entire search period merchant vessels in transit through the area volunteered to contribute to the effort.

The final search was conducted yesterday by U.S. Coast Guard cutter ASSATEAGUE, a 110’ patrol boat based out of Guam.