Search continues for missing North Shore kayaker on Oahu

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department crews are continuing today to search for a 53-year-old kayaker reported missing near Waialua on Oahu’s North Shore Monday.

Russell Yoshida was reported missing to HFD at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Coast Guard crews aboard an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point and the 110-foot patrol boat Galveston Island searched all day Tuesday and until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Air crews aboard the HH-65, HFD’s Air One and a U.S. Navy SH-60 Seahawk rescue helicopter were on scene at first light this morning. Search patterns will keep the Coast Guard and Navy helicopters on scene all day today.

A search directed from the Coast Guard’s 24-hour Honolulu Harbor command center has covered more than 600 square miles — an area nearly the size of Oahu. The search area is focused on a last-known position where Yoshida launched his kayak near Waialua. Wind and sea currents have kept the search area focused in that area.

The Coast Guard and Navy helicopters are flying patterns as much as 12 miles off shore and in an area roughly between Kaena and Kahuku Points.

Searchers on scene have reported weather conditions of 10-foot seas and building and winds from the northeast at more than 20 mph. Yoshida was reported to be in a 10-foot yellow kayak and is not wearing a life jacket.

“We are confident we have developed an accurate search area,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Roedel, a search and rescue controller with the Coast Guard’s Honolulu Harbor command center. “We will evaluate and re-evaluate throughout the day as we gather information on the weather and other conditions in order to have the best chance at finding him.”

Anyone with information about the missing man or a yellow kayak is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 808-842-2600 or via VHF marine band radio channel 16.

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