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Kailua-Kona Information Update for May 11th, 2021

Kayaker rescued after capsizing in waters offshore of Keauhou Bay, North Kona Monday evening (May 10th).

Initial area of search and rescue

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a missing/overdue kayaker in waters offshore of the Kailua-Kona Monday evening (May 10th).

The initial call came in at 7:34 pm Monday evening and HFD Crews from the Kailua (Rescue Company 7) and Keauhou Fire Stations along with Chopper 2 and HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the initial scene at Kailua Pier in Kailua Village.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in friends and relatives reporting a kayaker (described as a male in his 20s) was the last seen in the waters of Kailua Bay heading to the south along the Kona Coast Monday afternoon. Friends did not receive any contact from the male party since departing Kailua Pier and he had also failed to return backshore by sunset on Monday evening, from there they immediately called 911 for further assistance.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Rescue Personnel began a search of the surrounding coastline by land and air. Chopper 2 conducted an aerial survey of the coastline and surrounding waters approximately 1 mile out from Honokōhau Harbor to Keauhou Bay with negative findings prior to suspending aerial operations for the evening. HPD Officers also conducted a search of surrounding beaches and shorelines between Keauhou Pier and Kailua Bay, they came up also with negative findings.

HFD Rescue crews continued with their search by land following the suspension of aerial operations and later received a report of a floating empty kayak near Keauhou Pier and personnel responded to the area to investigate. Prior to arriving at Keauhou Pier, another report was received that a passing boater found a male party, who was conscious and alert, floating in the waters offshore of Keauhou Bay wearing only a life vest.

Bystanders then brought the male party aboard the vessel and back to Keauhou Pier. An HFD Medic later arrived at Keauhou Pier and conducted a quick medical assessment on the male patient and then transported him to Kona Community Hospital in stable condition for further medical treatment.

It was later discovered the male party had capsized the kayak in waters offshore of Keauhou Bay around 6:00 pm Monday evening. The male party was luckily able to get ahold of a life vest with kayak and put it on prior to the kayak floating away, to where he was floating in the water for approximately 5 hours prior to being found by the passing boater returning to Keauhou Pier.

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