Coast Guard, partners continue search for missing swimmer off Kauai

The Coast Guard and Kauai County first responders continue to search for a 26-year-old missing swimmer off Lumaha’i Beach, Kauai, March 7, 2022. First responders established an Incident Command Post to coordinate the search between the partner agencies. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Kauai/Released)

The Coast Guard and Kauai County first responders continue to search for a 26-year-old missing swimmer off Lumaha’i Beach, Kauai, March 7, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Kauai)

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Kauai County first responders continue to search for a 26-year-old missing swimmer off Lumaha’i Beach, Monday.

The male swimmer is described as wearing dark-blue shorts, no shirt, and 3 gold chains. Waterway users are requested to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress and anyone with information is requested to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

At 1:07 p.m., Saturday, Kauai County Dispatch received a report from a good Samaritan at Lumaha’i beach who witnessed two swimmers in distress 200-yards off shore. One of the swimmers was able to make it back to the beach while the other remained missing.

Coast Guard Station Kauai launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew in response and notified Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders who issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners and deployed an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry.

First responders from the Kauai Fire Department, Kauai Ocean Safety, Kauai Police Department, and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources were also deployed to search and an incident command post was established.

Involved in the search so far:

  • 
Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry
  • Station Kauai 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews
  • Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
  • Kauai Fire Department Air 1 Helicopter crew
  • Ocean Safety Jet Ski operators
  • Kauai Fire Department ground crews
  • Kauai Police Department officers
  • Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources responders

The weather on scene is winds of 7 mph and seas up to 4 feet.

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