Coast Guard searching for missing kayakers off Island of Hawaii

Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton

Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching for two overdue kayakers off Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii.

The two kayakers, one male and one female, were last seen leaving in a yellow two-person kayak at approximately 3:00 p.m. They are reported to both be approximately 50 years-old and wearing yellow personal flotation devices.

Anyone with information regarding the kayakers is requested to contact the Sector Honolulu Command center at 808-842-2600.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report at 6:38 p.m., Wednesday from a good Samaritan stating she saw the kaykers depart earlier in the day and had not returned though it was sunset.

Upon notification, the watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners asking the public to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316) in response.

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircrews were launched to assist with the search.

The weather on scene is winds of 5 mph and seas up to three feet.

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