Coast Guard crews search for missing Maui paddler

45 Foot Response Boat Medium

USCG file photo

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department are searching for a 62-year-old man reported missing near Kaupo, Maui Thursday.

A Maui resident reported the paddler missing to the Maui Fire Department at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The fire department requested Coast Guard assistance at 6 p.m. He is described as wearing a black top and black shorts. The fire department immediately launched its rescue helicopter crew but suspended the search at sunset.

A 45-foot Medium Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Maui and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point reached the search area at approximately 7:30 p.m. The response boat searched until 11 p.m. and the Dolphin searched until 2 a.m. The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu, arrived at approximately 2:30 a.m. and searched through the night.

A second Dolphin helicopter crew and the cutter Ahi are currently searching. The fire department rescue helicopter and shore crews from the Maui Police Department are also searching.

Weather conditions are reported to be winds of seven to 15 mph and seas of three to four feet. The Coast Guard asks anyone with information to call the Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

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