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Search continues for missing Japanese student

LIHUE — U.S. Coast Guard and Navy ships and aircraft continue the search for a student reported missing from a Japanese training vessel about 70 miles southwest of Kauai on Tuesday.

According to U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Headquarters in Honolulu, air assets and the cutters Kittiwake from Oahu and Kiska from Hilo are assisting in the search, along with the Navy ship USS Lake Champlain out of San Diego.

The 208-foot Japanese training vessel, Hokuho Maru, is retracing its course to when the boy was thought to have gone overboard. It was joined by more than five other vessels in the Japanese fleet, including two sister training vessels, the Tosakaien Maru and the Chishio Maru.

The incident occurred in American waters and the Coast Guard is investigating the matter. All that is known at this time is that the student was seen on video the morning he disappeared and could not be found at muster.

Coast Guard and Navy assets have searched 9,412 square miles totaling 83 search hours.

The Kauai Coast Guard station operates a small boat and is not participating in the search.

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