Rescue crews continue to search for a second day for a missing free diver off the North Kohala Coast Wednesday (June 10th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa/Kamuela) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the HFD Ocean Safety Lifeguards, Hawaii Police Department (HPD), and United States Coast Guard (USCG) continued their search for a missing male free diver off the coast of Mahukona Beach Park in North Kohala Wednesday (June 10th).
Rescue crews continue to search for 20-year-old Malcolm Davis, who was last seen at 9:30 am Tuesday morning (June 9th) and was last wearing white board shorts and blackfins in the area of Mahukona Lighthouse. Davis was spearfishing with seven friends when they became separated. 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.
HFD and HPD crews had suspended their initial search Tuesday due to nightfall with no signs of Davis found on the first day of searching. USCG continued through Tuesday evening searching for Davis by air and sea.
HFD and HPD crews resumed their search at first light Wednesday morning and continued their search by land, air, and sea. Numerous civilian volunteers from all over North and West Hawaii also joined in the search and canvases the surrounding coastline from as far North to Old Coast Guard Station to as far South as Honokoa Gulch.
A couple of volunteer groups were aboard private vessels and primarily assisted with ocean surface search, while HFD Rescue Divers continued with an underwater search of the last known location of Davis and the surrounding area.
The following resources are involved in the search for Malcolm Davis include:
- HFD Ocean Safety Jet Ski Team for West Hawaii
- HFD Rescue Boat 7 from the Kailua Fire Station
- HFD Chopper 1 (from the Waiakea Fire Station) and Chopper 2 (from the South Kohala Fire Station)
- An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew
- An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
- The Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) (Enroute)
As of 6:45 pm Wednesday evening, HFD and HPD crews had suspended their search until first light Thursday morning (June 11th) and said no signs of Davis were found. USCG crews will continue to search going into Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning. Community volunteers had also suspended their search and would regroup/continue their search at first light Thursday morning.
Please click here to view the initial update for this incident.
In contrary to media reports, initial news reports published/rumors circulated that a body was recovered in the search area, however, it was later discovered the incident was unrelated and had occurred in the South Kona district late Tuesday evening (June 9th). Officials say the search continues.