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Seven missing fish collectors found!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 07, 2011 05:05 PM
The US Coast Guard and Australian Navy conducted air and sea searches this weekend for seven men who had gone missing in the Marshall Islands. The men embarked on an expedition to collect marine fish for the aquarium industry. We are happy to report they were all found a few hours ago, alive and well.

A coordinated search began on Nov 4 after the seven men (ages 18 to 30) failed to return to Maloelap to resupply their vessel and offload their aquarium-bound fish.  A US Coast Guard C-130 Hercules and four Australian Navy vessels conducted grid searches over the weekend into today.

This afternoon, the seven men were spotted by the US Coast Guard plane;  The men were waving palm fronds on an atoll.  Their vessel's engine had died, leaving them stranded on the remote atoll for four days.  The US Coast Guard says the men are undergoing a survivor debriefing but appear in good health.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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