The search for survivors among the 12 Marines continues as no survivors were found by the Coast Guard when they recovered all four life rafts from the two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions that went down off the north shore of Oahu on Thursday night.
This Coast Guard news came out as the search for the 12 Marines continues into its 5th day.
Marine and Coast Guard officials have said they will not formally stop the search for survivors until notifying families and the public of their intention to do so. That decision will be based on a calculation of the likelihood of survival based on conditions and other factors affecting the search.
One thing that's being factored into how long officials think they can survive in the open ocean is that the 12 Marines missing after two choppers crashed off Oahu were wearing sophisticated life-saving gear.
The Marines were wearing helmets, eye and ear protection, and a life preserver unit with a breathing apparatus.
"I'd say It's better than a life jacket," said Capt. Alex Lim, Marine public affairs officer.
According to officials, some of the men may have also been carrying radios that have a GPS functionality on them if activated.
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