U.S. Marine dies tragically off coast of Hawaii

U.S. Marine dies tragically off coast of Hawaii

Authorities say the boat the man was in capsized and two of his companions made it to shore, but he did not.

An active-duty U.S. Marine has died after his boat was found capsized near Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a call of a 17-foot boat that had overturned at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a UPI report.

Two men who were on the boat managed to swim to shore, but a third man was found in 30 feet of water about six hours after the capsizing.

In a statement, Marine Corps spokesman Chuck Little said: “We are saddened by the loss of one of our Marines, but are deeply grateful for the efforts of the Honolulu Fire Department and Coast Guard in this matter.”

The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, formerly known as Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, is located on the Mokapu Peninsula of O’ahu within the city and county of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii. A total of 9,517 people live there according to the 2010 Census, mostly Marines, sailors, and their families, as well as some civilian employees. The base has a 7,800-foot runway, and is home to the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24, Combat Logistics Battalion 3 (CLB-3) 3rd Radio Battalion, and the Navy’s Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2.

It holds an interesting place in America history, as it was attacked just 9 minutes before the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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