Coast Guard suspends search for man missing off Pohoiki Bay, Hawaii

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a fisherman who went missing Wednesday near Pohoiki Bay, Hawaii.

Crews from the Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department conducted an extensive search of the area, covering 754 square miles for approximately 41 hours before suspending search efforts.

Involved in the search were the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, homeported in Hilo, and the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, homeported in Honolulu. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point also launched as part of the search. Crews from the Hawaii County Fire Department also searched for the man.

Charles Rosecranes was making engine repairs to the 15-foot boat he and his friend were operating when he reportedly fell overboard.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from the Hawaii County Fire Department Wednesday at approximately 1 a.m. and launched the Dolphin and Hercules aircrews and diverted the Kiska.

The missing fisherman was wearing a blue and white pin-striped shirt, rain coat, pants and rubber boots.

“The suspension of our active search effort is always a difficult decision and is not made lightly,” said Chief Petty Officer Dustin Costa, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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