Coast Guard Searches for Two Missing Kayakers

HONOLULU — Rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maui County Fire Department today continue to search for two male kayakers who were reported missing late Sunday night.

Coast Guard C-130 search plane and HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crews from Air Station Barbers Point are searching an area of nearly 700 square miles offshore of Kaumalapau Harbor on Lanai. Rescue personnel are looking for any signs of the missing kayakers or any other signs of distress. Neither the Coast Guard nor the Maui County Fire Department has received any additional reports of overdue persons from an excursion.

Maui County Fire Department personnel contacted the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center in Honolulu shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday relaying a report of two male kayakers in their early 40s or late 30s who didn’t return from a planned day trip. The two kayakers’ trip started around 9 a.m. Sunday morning. The kayakers’ vehicle was still in the parking lot nearby.

The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot patrol boat, and a 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Maui relieved Cutter Kiska early this morning. The flight crews reported search conditions were rough with 37-knot winds and 6 to 8-foot seas.

The Coast Guard compiles information to best determine a missing person’s location by using “drift models.” Drift models help determine the location of a missing person by using currents and other weather information.

Anyone with further information that could help aid in the search, immediately call the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.

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