Coast Guard, fire department searching for missing snorkeler off Kauai

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island file photo by Air Station Barbers Point

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island file photo by Air Station Barbers Point

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Responders from the Coast Guard and Kauai Fire Department are searching for missing snorkeler off Tunnels Beach Park on the north side of Kauai, Friday.

The man is reportedly 46-years-old, 5-foot 7-inches in height and about 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark board shorts and a long sleeve grey rash guard.

Currently searching are crews aboard:

– Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349)
– Coast Guard Station Kauai 45-foot Response Boat-Medium
– Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
– Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services jet ski
– Kauai Fire jet ski
– Kauai Fire helicopter

Also searching are Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services swimmers and a joint Kauai Police and Coast Guard shore party.

Coast Guard Station Kauai personnel were notified of the situation shortly before 8:22 a.m. and relayed the information to Sector Honolulu command center watchstanders. They immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners to request the assistance and vigilance of anyone in the area north of Kauai and directed the launch of the Galveston Island, RB-M and Dolphin helicopter crews.

Weather conditions in the area are forecast as sunny becoming mostly cloudy with east winds to 10 mph, increasing to 15 mph in the afternoon and a moderate chance of rain with possible thunderstorms. Seas are 3 to 4 feet.

The missing snorkeler was reportedly at the beach park with his wife Thursday morning, entering the water to snorkel at 11:30 a.m. and has not returned.

The Coast Guard asks that anyone with information or sightings of the snorkeler contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600. Additionally, anyone experiencing a distress situation while on or in the water may contact the command center directly for assistance.

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