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Bad weather interferes with the search for a missing MN Marine

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The search continues for Marine Sgt. Dillon Semolina who went missing after two U.S. helicopters crashed on a training mission over Hawaii. But NBC says bad weather is causing problems. The Coast Guard told the news source they were battling wind and 13-foot swells.

The searches had covered 5,000 miles by 8 a.m. Saturday morning, but NBC News says the 12 Marines have not been found yet.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Semolina's family travel to Hawaii so they can be there during the search. According to posts, they raised enough to fly out and they plan to be there for a week.

Luke's Wings – a nonprofit that helps unite wounded warriors with their families – helped out with finances, Fox 9 reports.

Semolina, 24, is originally from Delano, which is west of the Twin Cities.

His former principal, Matt Schoen, told WCCO he remembers Semolina as "a fun-loving kid."

The station says the Marine played football, golf and had a lot of friends while he was in high school.

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