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Coast Guard Recovers Three Life Rafts in Search for 12 Missing Marines

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    Coast Guard Recovers Three Life Rafts in Search for 12 Missing Marines
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    This Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows a Marine Officer attached to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 uses binoculars to search for debris of a helicopter mishap in Haliewa Beach Park, Hawaii. Rescuers battled winds of up to 23 mph and waves up to 30 feet as they searched for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters they were in crashed off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

    Search and rescue crews recovered three empty life rafts from helicopters involved in a crash off the Hawaiian coast that left 12 Marines missing last week, the Coast Guard said in a statement Monday, NBC News reported.

    A fourth life raft was also spotted Sunday evening, though workers were still trying retrieve it Monday, the Coast Guard said.

    "There is no indication from the sightings that any survivors have been aboard any of the life rafts," the statement said.

    The news comes on the fourth day of a search that has been hobbled by dangerous seas, and one day after a Coast Guard official said that "debris" had been recovered off the north shore of Oahu.

    The 12 Marines involved in the mid-air collision had been conducting a nighttime training mission off that section of coast in two CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters.

    Capt. Jim Jenkins did not identify specifically what had been found, saying only that the items would be sent to the Marine Corps to potentially determine the cause of the collision last Thursday night.