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Kailua-Kona Information Update for December 18th, 2021

The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along the United States Coast Guard continues to search for a missing opihi picker last seen near Ka'iwi Point in Kailua-Kona Saturday morning (December 18th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawai'i Island (Hōlualoa) Team


The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawai'i Police Department (HPD), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will continue their search Sunday morning (December 19th) for missing 47-year-old male opihi picker, who went missing late Saturday morning (December 18th).

The initial call came in at 11:02 am Saturday morning and HFD Rescue Crews from the Kailua Fire Station along with Battalion 2, Chopper 1, Chopper 2, HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol, USCG Crews from Barber's Point, O'ahu, and DLNR DOCARE Officers responded to the scene located near Ka'iwi Point in Kailua-Kona.

Preliminary details received from the HFD is two male opihi pickers were along the rocky coastline/cliffside of Ka'iwi Point in Kailua-Kona when rough ocean conditions caused one of the opihi pickers to be knocked off the cliffside and into the rough waters. Another picker onshore jumped into the water and attempted to bring the party backshore, however, efforts were unsuccessful, and later got back to shore and called 911 for assistance.

Once HFD Crews arrived at the scene, they began there for the missing male opihi picker and later located a red fishing bag in the water near Ka'iwi Point and focused their search efforts in the area by air, land, and water. USCG Dolphin Helicopter and Cutter later arrived in the area and began conducting grid search of the surrounding waters of the Kailua-Kona Coastline. They are expected to continue their search overnight and into the morning hours.

HFD Rescue crews suspended their search at sunset on Saturday evening and expected to resume at first light on Sunday morning.

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