Coast Guard searching for missing North Shore surfer

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department continue the search for a surfer reported missing in the vicinity of Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, Thursday.

The Honolulu Sector Command Center received a phone call reporting of a 51-year old male, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and approximately 160 pounds at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. A friend reported that a white surf board was missing from the house and he had stated he was going surfing before departing the island.

The surf board was located in the vicinity of Rocky Point, south of Sunset beach at approximately 11:44 p.m.

Crewmembers aboard the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, from Coast Guard Base Support Unit Honolulu, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Air Station Barbers Point, searched throughout the night and into Thursday.

The Honolulu Fire Department’s Air One helicopter crew began at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, but suspended at midnight. They resumed their search this morning using Air One and a rescue boat. The fire department is concentrating their search close to the shore.

The Coast Guard’s search area will expand West of Sunset Beach. The search area already covered is approximately 159 square miles.

The on scene weather is reported as winds out of the southeast at 11.5 mph and seas of 10 to 12 feet and building rapidly.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with any information regarding the missing surfer to contact the Honolulu Sector Command Center at 808-842-2600.

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