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Mahukona Information Update #2 for June 12th, 2020

Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) rescue crews continued for a fourth day searching for missing free diver 20-year-old Malcolm Davis off of the North Kohala coast.

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) continued Friday morning (June 12th) for a fourth day of searching for 20-year-old Malcolm Davis, who went missing offshore of Mahukona Beach Park and Lighthouse on the morning of Tuesday, June 9th, 2020.

Friday's search solely involved HFD assets and primarily focused around Mahukona Beach Park and Lighthouse and the surrounding coastline between Old Coast Guard Station to Malae Bay (or commonly known as Mosquito Bay).

Davis, who is a strong triathlete, was last wearing white board shorts and blackfins and last seen 9:30 am Tuesday, June 9th, spearfishing with a group of friends offshore of Mahukona Lighthouse and gotten separated from the group. After they were unable to find Davis, the friends returned to their car, drove inland, and tried to find cell service to report the situation to HFD and HPD.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), United States Navy, and the Maui Fire Department (MFD) joined the search which expanded from the North Kohala coast to the South and Southeast coastline of Maui.

MFD had joined the search on Thursday, June 11th, after USCG received float drift data indicating the current was moving to the North to Northeast, where floats deployed by USCG were found along the South and Southeast Coastline of Maui, where MFD Rescue crews primarily focused on Thursday. MFD came up with no signs of Davis and has since suspended their search on Maui, pending any new information received.

On the evening of Thursday, June 11th, USCG crews had officially suspended their search after 3 full days of extensive searching the waters off of North Kohala, Alenuihaha Channel, and waters offshore of South and Southeast Maui (expanding 1,101 square miles) and all days came up with no signs of Malcolm Davis.

As of 6:30 pm Friday evening, HFD had suspended their operations for the fourth day and came up with no signs of Davis. Officials say an aerial search will be conducted tomorrow (Saturday, June 12th) morning and again later in the afternoon. However, they did not immediately disclose whether ground or sea assets will be out again tomorrow morning conducting a search.

The resources involved in the search included:

  • Hawaii County Fire Department Jet ski operators

  • A Hawaii County Fire Department Rescue Boat crew

  • Two Hawaii County Fire Department Helicopter crews

  • Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrews

  • Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews

  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124)

  • Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew

  • Maui Fire Department crews

The Davis Family has set up a Facebook page providing updates to the search for Malcolm Davis.

Please click here to visit the page.

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