NAHA, Okinawa Pref. – Two U.S. Marines were reported missing at sea after a typhoon struck Okinawa on Friday night, although another serviceman managed to swim to shore, the Japan Coast Guard said Saturday.
The coast guard identified the two missing marines as lance corporals Richard Moore, 24, and Beatriz Rodriguez, 20. The rescued marine was named as Sgt. Thomas Gordinier, 22.
They are all based at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Hansen in the island prefecture, the coast guard said.
The Marine Corps Public Affairs has declined to confirm the identities of the three, saying, “Names are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.”
The three marines were swept away by waves around 10 p.m. Friday when all three were visiting Cape Zampa in the village of Yomitan.
The rescued marine was able to swim to shore and seek the help of a fisherman who alerted the coast guard.
Search and rescue operations have been launched by the coast guard, prefectural police and U.S. military in Okinawa, but the search is facing difficulties due to the stormy conditions caused by Typhoon Rusa.
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