Agencies request public assistance in search for possible persons in distress off Maui

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Maui Fire Department are searching for two possible paragliders in the water off Maui Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification from Maui Fire Department Wednesday night that multiple witnesses at Keawekapu Beach reported seeing two possible people with black parachutes entering the water approximately one to three miles offshore.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui launched to the scene and searched throughout the night for anyone possibly in distress.

 A rescue boat from Maui Fire Department also searched throughout the night.

Currently a rescue boat and helicopter from Maui Fire Department as well as the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island and a Dolphin helicopter crew are on scene searching.

The Coast Guard is requesting any information related to this case and is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

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