Coast Guard searching for missing swimmer off Kauai

Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat

USCG file photo

HONOLULU – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Kauai and Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point are searching for a missing swimmer off the coast of Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Thursday.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector Honolulu received a call from members of the Kauai Fire Department requesting assistance in locating a male tourist, last seen wearing dark-colored swim shorts and goggles Thursday afternoon.

Station Kauai crewmembers launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat at approximately 9:16 p.m. and arrived on scene at 11:54 p.m. A Barbers Point aircrew launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at approximately 9:32 p.m. and arrived on scene at 10:29 p.m. and began conducting their search.

The Dolphin and MLB crew are searching a more than 20 square-mile area off Hanakapiai Beach.

Also assisting in the search are members of Kauai Fire Department, Ocean Safety and the Kauai Police Department.

The Coast Guard urges anyone with information to call Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

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