Coast Guard, Hawaii County Fire Department searching for missing freediver of Big Island

A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File photo

HONOLULU — Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department crews are searching for a missing free diver off Kohala, Big Island, Tuesday.

“We are currently searching for Guy Hermogila,” said Sam Gardner, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu search and rescue coordinator. “It was reported to us he was last known to be free diving off Black Point, Kohala, last night. He is described as 44-years-old, in good physical condition and was last seen wearing a black swimsuit. Anyone with information on Hermogila’s whereabouts is asked to call us at 808-842-2600.”

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew is currently searching the area. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) has been diverted to assist with the search. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notice to Mariners requesting anyone in the area keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

At 8 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Hawaii County Fire Department that the family of Hermogila reported him missing Tuesday morning after he went diving for lobsters off Black Point, Monday night. Hawaii County first responders found what is believed to be Hermogila’s dive float and equipment bag still on the beach. The helicopter crew launched immediately to assist with the search.

Involved in the search are:

  • A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • An Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Jetski and operator
  • A Hawaii County Fire Department response boat crew
  • Hawaii County shore search group
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak

The weather on scene is light and variable winds and seas of less than a foot.

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