Coast Guard searching for missing person off Green Sand Beach, Big Island

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by PA3 Luke Clayton

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by PA3 Luke Clayton

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Navy and local agencies are searching for a 24-year-old man missing off Green Sand Beach, Big Island, Sunday.

“We are currently searching for a 24-year-old male who is reported to be visiting from Massachusetts,” said Charles Turner, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “He was last seen in black board shorts along the shoreline where his belongings were left. Anyone with information that may help in locating him are encouraged to notify the command center at 808-842-2600.”

At 6 p.m., Saturday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a call from a Hawaii Country Fire Department notifying them of the report received from a good Samaritan on the beach.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point searched throughout the night and will continue to do so throughout the day along with local partners.

Engaged in the search are:

  • An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) crew
  • Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Marine Corps Base Hawaii
  • Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter and ground crews

Weather on scene is winds of 25 mph and seas up to 8 feet.

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