Hingham Man one of 12 Missing Marines off Hawaiian Coast

coast guard helicopterUNDATED (AP) – The family of one of 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii is thanking people for their prayers.

The Massachusetts State Police released a statement from Cpl. Christopher Orlando’sfamily on Saturday.

It says Orlando is a 23-year-old flight crew chief from Hingham, Massachusetts.

The family says it’s monitoring the search effort and is thankful for the hard work of search and rescue crews.

The Coast Guard says the search area has been expanded to include waters off Waianae in addition to Oahu’s north shore.

Two helicopters each carrying six Marines went down off Oahu’s north shore late Thursday.

The Coast Guard initially said the choppers collided. But Marine spokesman Capt. Timothy Irish says he’s not sure they collided because an investigation into the crash hasn’t been completed.

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