Coast Guard search crews continue to search for missing Maui diver

HONOLULU – U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers continue to search a 330 square mile area within the Maui Triangle for a diver who went missing approximately 180-feet below the water three miles west of Lanai, Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard was contacted at approximately 2 p.m. Friday and launched air and surface rescue teams. Coast Guard crews aboard an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point, Honolulu and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Maui searched an area approximately twice the size of Lanai looking for any signs of Ed Hickey, a 46-year-old Maui resident.

The aircrew continued the search throughout the night, Friday.

“We saturated the area in the Auau Channel from Friday afternoon until this morning and we are now focusing our search north of Lanai,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Matt Couling, a search and rescue coordinator at the Sector Command Center, here. “The information we analyzed from the Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoys (SLDMB) determined that Hickey would have drifted north of Lanai.”

SLDMB is a drifting surface buoy equipped with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) sensor and it is designed to measure surface ocean currents. Once it’s deployed it transmits data periodically to aid in search and rescue missions.

The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 110-foot patrol boat stationed here, joined the search and rescue teams Saturday at first light.

Hickey was last seen last seen wearing a professional dive suit. Anyone with information regarding this search is asked to call the Sector Command Center at 808-842-2600.

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