Coast Guard continues search for Alec Cooke near Waimea Bay, Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake file photo by Petty Officer Luke Clayton.

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is continuing the search for 59-year-old Alec “Ace” Cooke near Waimea Bay, Friday.

On-scene assets have conducted 19 sorties, covered 5,900 square miles and deployed two self-locating datum marker buoys.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point are searching as well as the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake crew and a Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane crew.

Cooke’s girlfriend reported him missing to the Honolulu Police Department, Wednesday, after he failed to return from a surfing trip. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from HPD Thursday morning after Cooke’s truck was found at Missions of Saint Peter church near Waimea Bay with his dog and keys still inside. The watchstanders responded by launching the Hercules crew. Cooke’s surfboard has been located and recovered by a friend.

Mariners are asked to keep a sharp lookout and report any signs of distress in the area to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

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