Coast Guard suspends active search for 13-year-old off Big Island

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard continues to provide interagency support to the Hawaii Fire Department but has suspended its active search for a missing 13-year-old boy in the vicinity of Hapuna Beach Park, Big Island, Monday.

Crews aboard Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-foot Island class patrol boat home ported in Hilo, were scheduled to return to the area Tuesday and provide support to the incident commander. Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft will also be supporting the search Tuesday.

“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always difficult and was not made lightly,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

The Coast Guard began its search Sunday and covered approximately 219 square miles before suspending efforts at sunset Monday.

Involved in the search were MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, various surface and air assets from the Hawaii Fire Department, Ocean Safety and EMS.

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