Coast Guard, Fire Department searching for missing fisherman off Big Island

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a missing fisherman off the Big Island Saturday.

A 56-year-old male was fishing from a 10-foot cliff near Mackenzie State Recreation Area Friday evening when reporting sources say he was swept out to sea after either slipping or being washed off by a wave.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from the Hawaii County Fire Department Friday at 9:40 p.m. and launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, 110-foot patrol boat.

Hawaii County Fire Department has a rescue boat and ground team also assisting in the search.

The missing fisherman was wearing black rain gear.

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