Mass. native among 12 marines missing off Hawaiian coast

High winds and waves have made the searching process challenging

USMC Corporal Christopher Orlando (Image Credit: Massachusetts State Police)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The search continued on Saturday for 12 Marines whose helicopters crashed in waters off Hawaii, and one of those marines is from Massachusetts.

USMC Corporal Christopher Orlando from Hingham, Massachusetts is among 11 other Marines who remains missing following the military aircraft collision off the Hawaii coast Thursday night.

A Marine spokesman said the search is likely to continue for several more days. The U.S. Coast Guard says search and rescue crews found military aircraft debris across a wide section of ocean off Oahu’s North Shore, but high seas are making the search difficult.

Below is a message from the Orlando Family of Hingham:

We would like to thank everyone who continues to pray and send their expressions of concern and love for the safe return of United States Marine Corps Corporal Christopher Orlando and his fellow Marines.

Christopher, a Flight Crew Chief, is from Hingham and is a 2010 graduate of Hingham High School. He is 23 years old.

We are blessed with great love and support from family and friends. We continue to monitor the ongoing search effort in Hawaii and are thankful for the hard work of the many federal and local heroes undertaking this search and rescue mission.

We ask that you continue to pray for Christopher and the other missing Marines. We appreciate the media’s continued respect of our privacy during this difficult time.

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