Search Suspended for Missing Marines

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for 12 Marines who went missing after two helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu. 

The search for survivors was called off Tuesday afternoon after a multi-agency search that spanned five days. 

The Coast Guard says the aircraft, from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, were believed to have collided late last Thursday night during a nighttime training mission. 

Officials spotted a debris area spanning about two miles. 

All four life rafts aboard the helicopters were later found empty. 

A Minnesota native is among the twelve marines missing. 

24-year-old Sgt. Dillon Semolina graduated from Delano High School, where he also played football. 

A GoFundMe page to send his parents to Hawaii for the search has raised more than $15,000. 

According to the GoFundMe page, divers have located the aircrafts and are looking to recover the bodies and bring them back to their families. 

Semolina’s family say a memorial service is planned for Friday morning on base. 

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