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, will 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.
For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.
HONOLULU– The search for a possible missing kayaker off Maui has been suspended pending further developments.
The search began after an abandoned kayak was found drifting about a mile south of La Perouse Bay, Maui, at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Jet Ski from Ocean Safety searched the area for a possible kayaker in distress.
Every year, countless man hours and taxpayer dollars go to search and rescue missions where someone is not in danger.
“The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners use Paddle Smart stickers and mark their personal watercraft with their contact information,” said Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller, operations unit controller at Sector Honolulu Command Center. “This will reduce the number of man hours spent searching for individuals not in distress and it will allow valuable resources to be ready for actual search and rescue cases.”
Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The decal is weatherproof and reflective.
The goal of Paddle Smart is to save lives and taxpayer dollars. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.
The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.
For information on obtaining a Paddle Smart sticker, contact 808-535-3424.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing kayaker near Makaleha Beach Park on O’ahu, Sunday.
“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always a difficult decision, but one that had to be made at this point in time,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our hearts ache at the loss of this promising young man and our thoughts are with both the family and community that have shown how much he meant to them.”
The Coast Guard searched more than 720 square miles with Honolulu Fire Department boats and dive teams, the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium , an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point .
Dayne Ortiz was last seen when his kayak had overturned at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday. His brother attempted to swim out to assist in righting the kayak but was unable to reach him and returned to shore. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The Coast Guard would like to remind mariners that maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning. This tragic case reiterates the need for all mariners to understand the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times. For more information on types of life jackets and boating safety individuals can visit www.uscgboating.org .
For more information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Public Affairs Officer at (808) 842 2657
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a red and yellow kayak found approximately two miles off the coast of Makena, Maui, this morning.
Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu command center received notification of the kayak from the crew of the vessel Ilikai at approximately 7 a.m. The kayak had no identifying marks. A search was launched for a possible kayaker in distress.
The Coast Guard suspended its search pending any new developments. There have been no reports of missing persons in the area.
Anyone able to identify the kayak is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808)-842-2600.
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