Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department search for overdue stand up paddle boarder

LOS ANGELES - A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts flight training just off the coast of San Pedro, Calif., March 18, 2012. Coast Guard aircrew members must constantly train together to keep their life saving skills sharp for the next mayday call. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department are searching for an overdue stand up paddle boarder near Kuhio Beach.

Missing is 32-year-old Niel Bode of Seattle.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from the Honolulu Fire Department about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, reporting that Neil Bode had not returned after renting a stand up paddle board near the Waikiki Wall.

The paddle board company contacted HFD after Bode didn’t return by closing time at 5:15 p.m. He left behind his wallet, keys and cell phone.

Bode is Caucasian and described to be 5’8″ in height, 180 lbs and wearing boardshorts. The paddle board is reported to be aqua green in color with a black mat. He also had a red paddle.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to search the area along with a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island and a helicopter and boat crew from HFD.

HFD has also queried surfers and visitors on the beach.

Anyone with information that may help locate Bode should contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

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