Coast Guard continues search for missing fisherman off the Big Island

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard continues the search for Devon Johnson, a 25-year-old fisherman last seen early Friday morning before he went overboard approximately 60 miles west of the Big Island. Search patterns have been planned for assets through tonight into Saturday morning.

On scene today were crew members aboard an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, C-130 long-range search plane from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, and the 18-person crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-foot patrol boat. The Kiska arrived on scene at 5 p.m., and the crew is coordinating their efforts with all rescuers in the area.

Rescuers aboard U.S. Navy SH-60 Seahawks, from HSL Squadron 37 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, are also assisting on the search; which will have covered by nightfall more than 2,000 square miles – an area twice the size of the Oahu.

All members of the Coast Guard rescue party will search throughout the night. A C-130 search plane and a Navy P-3 Orion fixed-wing aircraft are slated for a first-light search Saturday morning.

Weather in the area is reported to be seas of eight feet and winds from the southeast at 25 mph. Devon Johnson was last seen wearing an olive green sweater and black shorts, but no life jacket. Anyone with further information about the missing man is asked to contact the Coast Guard’s 24-hour Honolulu Harbor command center at 808-842-2600 or via VHF marine band radio channel 16.

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