Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker on Oahu’s North Shore

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department continue to search for a missing 53-year-old male reported missing near Waialua on Oahu's North Shore today.

The kayaker was reported missing to HFD at 7:30 p.m. Monday. It was also reported he was not wearing a life jacket. HFD launched its rescue helicopter crew aboard HFD Air One immediately but suspended the search at dark.

A Coast Guard HH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point arrived on scene at 9 p.m. and searched throughout the night.

As of this morning, on scene are crew members aboard a C-130 long-range search plane and an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a Honolulu-based 110-foot patrol boat.

HFD launched its rescue helicopter and boat crews at sunrise today and on scene are crews from Engines 11 and 14 to conduct shoreline searches with paddleboards and jet skis. The search will continue throughout the day.

Weather reported Monday night by searchers was light winds and swells of five to six feet. Weather this morning on scene is reported as scattered clouds and fair winds with a possibility for increasing swell through the day. The Coast Guard asks anyone with information of any sightings of a yellow kayak near Waialua to call 808-842-2600.

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