One diver rescued and Search and Rescue Operations underway for another diver missing in waters offshore of Haina Camp in Honoka'a Thursday evening (November 14th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the United States Coast Guard (USGS) responded to a report of two stranded divers offshore of Haina Camp in Honoka'a Thursday evening (November 14th).
The initial call came in at 6:35 pm Thursday evening and crews from the Honoka'a and Waiakea Fire Station along with Battalion 1, Special Operations 1, Chopper 1, Chopper 2, and USGS Cutter and Dolphin Helicopter from Barbers Point on Oahu responded to the scene located on the cliffside below Haina Camp.
The incident is still ongoing, however, the information we can confirm at this time, that one of two divers reported being stranded on the rocky cliffside below Haina Camp was rescued and brought back up to shore. That diver was reported to be uninjured and not needing EMS.
HFD crews faced rough ocean conditions and also high surf near the location of where the one diver was rescued. A High Surf Advisory for the north shore of Hawaii Island and Small Craft Advisory for waters offshore of Hamakua Coast is currently in effect until Friday evening (November 15th).
Currently, at this time, USGS Cutter and Dolphin Helicopter are currently conducting a grid search of waters offshore of Haina Camp and Hamakua Coast for the missing diver and expected to continue through the night and early morning hours. HFD crews have since suspended their search due to darkness and are expected to continue at first light Friday morning.
We will provide an update as more information becomes available.