Coast Guard suspends search for missing snorkeler off Kauai

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island file photo by Air Station Barbers Point

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island file photo by Air Station Barbers Point

HONOLULU —The Coast Guard suspended the active search Monday for a missing snorkeler who went missing off Tunnels Beach Park on the north side of Kauai, Friday.

“The decision to suspend an active search is never an easy one and our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends during this difficult time,” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Cusic, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “We want to thank our partners at Ocean Safety and Kauai Fire Department for all their assistance during this search.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349) homeported at Coast Guard Base Honolulu
  • Station Kauai 45-foot Response Boat-Medium
  • Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
  • Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Jet Ski
  • Kauai Fire Jet Ski
  • Kauai Fire helicopter
  • Coast Guard, Kauai Fire and Ocean Safety ground crews

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Kauai were notified of the situation just before 8:22 a.m. Friday and relayed the information to Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center personnel. Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to marines requesting assistance of anyone in the area north of Kauai and directed the launch of the Galveston Island, RB-M and Dolphin helicopter crews.

Coast Guard crews searched a total of 75.37 hours over 675 square miles.

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