Coast Guard, local agencies searching for missing free diver near Ka’ena Point

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Ocean Safety and the Honolulu Fire Department are searching for a missing free diver near Ka’ena Point, Saturday.

Missing is 56-year-old Nicholas Spotkaeff.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report from crewmembers at Ocean Safety regarding a missing 56-year-old male free diver who was last seen swimming with his son in the vicinity of Ka’ena Point.

The son lost sight of his father when he was on shore and the father was approximately 100 yards north of Ka’ena Point.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, homeported here, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and crews from Ocean Safety and the Hawaii Fire Department are searching for the man.

Spotkaeff was reported to be wearing green boardshorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.

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