Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver

14th Coast Guard District NewsHONOLULU – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing diver in the vicinity of Waialae-Kahala, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Tuesday.

Matthew Curley, resident of New York, was reported missing to the Coast Guard after he disaperared while on a group dive off the south shore of Oahu.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders coordinated search patterns for surface and air assets which searched an area more than 900 square miles of Oahu’s south shore. The search focused on the area between Koko Head and Diamond Head.

“Suspending the search for Mr. Curley was a very hard decision to make,” said Capt. Joanna Nunan, commanding officer of Sector Honolulu. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

The search has been a combined effort by local, state and federal agencies, each of which brought their unique skills and assets to the search. To assist in the search, the Coast Guard deployed Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point crews aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.

The Coast Guard also deployed a datum marker buoy and used the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System to determine the area of highest probability for locating the diver.

The Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department, Ocean Safety, police department and the Island Divers dive company have deployed multiple resources during the search.

The crew aboard Kittiwake searched a total of 35 square miles Tuesday evening prior to suspending.

The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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