Search and Rescue Operation for a missing swimmer underway at Green Sand Beach
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and the United States Coast Guard (USGS) from the 14th District out of Barbers Point are currently on scene in the are of Green Sand Beach (Papakōlea) for a report of a missing swimmer that was first reported Saturday evening (July 14th).
The initial call came in at 5:59 pm Saturday evening and crews from the Pahala Fire Station along with Battalion 1 and Chopper 1 (from the Waiakea Fire Station) responded to the scene located at Green Sand Beach in Ka'u.
Upon the arrival of HFD and HPD personnel, witnesses reported a swimmer, described to be a caucasian male in his 20's, apart of group that was swimming down at Papakōlea, was unaccounted for after the group had returned to shore and to their vehicles.
Once HFD crews arrived on scene, they began a search of the immediate shoreline near Green Sand Beach and South Point Boat Ramp. Chopper 1 conducted an aerial search of the surrounding waters near Papakōlea. HFD crews later suspended their search due to nightfall and would continue with their search at first light Sunday morning (July 15th).
HFD Rescue crews from the Waiakea Fire Station (Rescue Company 2) is on scene at Green Sand Beach at this time conducting both an air and land search for the missing swimmer.
USGS Helicopter arrived on scene Saturday night continued with the search in waters offshore of South Point. A Coast Guard cutter also jointed the search early Sunday morning and both units are at this time continuing with their search.
A High Surf Advisory (later upgraded to a Warning on Sunday) is still in effect for south facing shores.
This is an ongoing incident will provide updates as they become available.