Coast Guard and local agencies continue search for overdue mariner

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – The Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department continued to search for an overdue fisherman, along the southern shore of Oahu, Monday.

Coast Guard assets include crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska. A Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane in transit to Maui searched the southern coast of Molokai but saw no sign of Kon Wai Young.

The Honolulu Fire Department Air One rescue helicopter was also involved in the search.

Young, a 53-year-old local resident, was last seen in the vicinity of Hawaii Kai early Saturday morning aboard a 19-foot white and green pleasure craft.

The Hercules aircrew focused their search on windward and north Oahu then offshore southwest of Barber’s Point while the Dolphin aircrew conducted shoreline searches from Barbers Point to Bellows Beach. The crew aboard the Kiska searched areas south of the Ewa area.

In addition to surface and air assets, the Coast Guard is implementing the use of the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System to determine the search area with the highest probability for locating Young. SAROPS is a computer program which calculates environmental factors such as weather, wind speed and direction, current speed and direction and the size of the search object. From that data, a search area is calculated. In addition to SAROPS, the Hercules aircrew deployed a self-locating datum marker buoy, which also calculates and measures currents to better assist search and rescue teams in coordinating their search patterns.

Coast Guard crews have covered a total of 7,173 square miles. Coast Guard crews were scheduled to search throughout the night using a Hercules airplane and the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi.

Anyone who sees a vessel matching the description is asked to call Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

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