Coast Guard searching for Kona woman off Big Island of Hawaii

65 Barbers PointHONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching for an 33-year-old woman presumed swept out to sea near Kapoho Bay, Big Island, Sunday.

Missing is Amber Savant of Kona.

She is reportedly blonde haired, 5-feet 7-inches tall and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing camouflage pants, a black tank top, dive weights and carrying a spear gun. She and her diving companion encountered strong tides and currents that immediately swept her offshore during their first dive at 2:30 p.m.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point will search throughout the night and will be joined at first light by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316), an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu. Hawaii County Fire Department crews will also resume their search at first light.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report at 2:52 p.m. alerting them to the situation. They immediately launched a the Dolphin helicopter crew and issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of any mariners in the area. HCFD responded with a helicopter crew and two jet ski crews. All crews searched through sunset without any sightings.

On-scene weather conditions are reportedly 5 mph winds and 5-foot seas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

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