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Rescuers search for 12 Marines from downed helicopters

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High surf is declining on Oahu's north shore as search and rescue efforts continue for 12 Marines missing after their helicopters crashed. High surf is declining on Oahu's north shore as search and rescue efforts continue for 12 Marines missing after their helicopters crashed.
HONOLULU -

The latest in the crash of two Marine helicopters off Hawaii (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

High surf is declining on Oahu's north shore as search and rescue efforts continue for 12 Marines missing after their helicopters crashed.
    
National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Wroe said Saturday that the surf peaked Friday afternoon and is slowly declining. However, a high surf warning remains in effect.
    
Wroe says a storm about 1,500 miles to the north and northwest of Oahu was sending large swells to the islands.
    
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Scott Carr said Friday that the high surf made the search and rescue effort "incredibly difficult." He says the swells were dispersing crash debris.
    
Two helicopters each carrying six Marines went down off Oahu's north shore late Thursday.
    
The Coast Guard initially said the choppers collided. But Marine spokesman Capt. Timothy Irish says he's not sure they collided because an investigation into the crash hasn't been completed.
    
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Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Timothy Irish says the search continues for 12 Marines missing after their helicopters went down off Oahu late Thursday.
    
He said Saturday that the search will likely last for several more days.
    
Three teams of 10 Marines each are combing the shoreline for any debris that may wash up.
    
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Scott Carr said Thursday that search and rescue crews found military aircraft debris across a wide section of ocean off Oahu's North Shore. He says high surf was dispersing the debris.
    
The Coast Guard initially reported the choppers had collided. Irish says he doesn't know whether it was a collision because the investigation hasn't been completed.

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