Coast Guard suspends search for missing tourist near Kalihiwai Bay

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 62-year-old tourist at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard, Kaua’i County Fire Department, Kaua’i Police Department and Ocean Safety crews searched an area more than 750 square miles using aircraft, cutters, small boats and shore personnel.

The man went missing after he and a second man were swept off the rocks and into the waters near Kalihiwai Bay, on Kaua’i, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday. One of the men was able to swim back onto the rocks.

“This case reminds us all of the dangers associated with being so close to the shoreline during high surf periods,” said Cmdr. Steve Wheeler, search and rescue mission coordinator for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “We encourage tourists to enjoy the natural wonders of the Hawaiian Islands in a safe way, while also heeding local precautions, watches and warnings.”

The Coast Guard deployed crews aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Kaua’i.

The Coast Guard also used self-locating datum marker buoys and the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System to determine the search area of highest probability for locating the person in the water.

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