Coast Guard, Kauai Fire Department searching for person in water near Anini Beach, Kauai

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Kauai Fire Department are searching for a reported person in the water near Anini Beach, Kauai, Tuesday.

Missing is a 21-year-old woman last seen wearing a pink top and white bottoms. She is reportedly visiting from Baltimore.

Anyone with information that may help locate the missing swimmer is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, both from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake are currently searching the area. Kauai Fire Department personnel are searching with personnel aboard jet skis and a helicopter. Ocean Safety personnel are searching with a jet ski.

Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a relayed call at 6:48 p.m. Monday from Kauai Fire Department stating the woman had been seen swimming when she reportedly became distressed. She was last seen yelling for help approximately 300 yards from shore. A friend swam out to assist when he too became distressed and required rescue from a good Samaritan and a Kauai Fire Department personnel aboard a jet ski.

On-scene weather conditions are forecast as winds of 12 mph and 6 foot waves.

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