Coast Guard suspends search for mariner near Lapakahi State Park, Big Island

65 Barbers Point SurfHONOLULU — The Coast Guard suspended the search Tuesday afternoon for a mariner who originally went missing when his 10-foot skiff reportedly capsized due to high winds approximately a half mile offshore of the Big Island, Saturday.

Charles Locklar, 26, remains missing.

“Our crews and partners saturated the area with assets in an effort to locate Locklar and despite our best efforts we were not successful in finding Charles,” said Capt. Michael Long, commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Speaking as a both a Coast Guard officer and a father, suspending a search is a decision that never gets easier. Our sincere condolences go out to Charles’ family and friends during this difficult time. We thank our partner agencies for their professionalism and continued support of search and rescue efforts around the main Hawaiian Islands.”

On-scene assets searched a total area of more than 2,878 square miles, 26 number of searches and deployed three self-locating datum marker buoys over four days.

Involved in the search were:

  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
  • Crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Kittiwake  and Kiska from Big Island
  • Air and surface assets with divers from the Big Island Fire Department
  • Navy MH-60 helicopter aircrews from squadrons at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay

Locklar was reported missing by his uncle after their skiff reportedly capsized prompting the search.

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