After an all-night search turned to dawn, Maui Fire and Rescue crews and US Coast Guard vessels and aircraft began to consider the possible loss of two paragliders may not have happened after all. As of noon today, the search was called off. The decision was made after County and Federal investigators combed sources and determined that no missing persons reports had been filed, no paragliding companies reported any missing customers or equipment, and no trace of any person or equipment was found in the search zone.
No news is good news.
At 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, several witnesses reported seeing what they believed to be two paragliders in black gear, landing in the ocean somewhere between 1.5 and three miles off Keawakapu Beach. MauiWatch followers were among the early reporters. An immediate search began with County rescue crews and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Barber’s Point in what would be an all-night effort. Maui Fire’s Air-1 chopper also took part in the search.