1 dead, 1 alive, 2 missing after Pacific Ocean boat incident

October 16, 2017 GMT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two of four people who were on a boat that didn’t show up on schedule to the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Pacific Daily News reports that two people were found on Sunday floating in a debris field. The Coast Guard states one of those two people was still alive.

The survivor told rescuers that the two people still missing used gas cans as flotation devices to swim away from the boat.

The identity of the person found dead is being withheld as authorities work to notify family.

The search began on Friday and the Coast Guard is continuing efforts Sunday night to look for the others.

The boat left Chuuk State last Wednesday for an 80-mile (129-kilometer) trip to the Hall Islands.