Coast Guard suspends search for missing hiker near Hanauma Bay

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU —The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing 34-year-old female hiker, in the vicinity of Hanauma Bay, Sunday.

Crews from the Coast Guard as well as the Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department and Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services conducted an extensive search of the area.

The Coast Guard covered approximately 4,027 square miles for approximately 52 hours before suspending efforts.

Involved in the search were an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and three MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported here, two 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crews from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crew, various surface and air assets from the Honolulu Fire Department as well as Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a call Friday, from Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services notifying them of two possible missing hikers in the vicinity of Hanauma Bay.

Crewmembers from the Honolulu Police Department recovered the body of a male hiker matching the description of the identification found on the trail. The man was recovered from the water, Friday.

“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always difficult and was not made lightly, but one that had to be made at this time,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu commanding officer. “Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and loved ones.”

Beach goers should know their limits, observe and heed all posted signs, flags and warnings, and visit beaches with lifeguards. Additionally, stay clear of rocks and jetties and beware of undertow and riptides, even in shallow water.
Individuals who place themselves in a dangerous situation may also be placing the lives of first responders at risk.

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