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South Point Information Update for July 15th, 2019

Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the U.S. Coast Guard crews are continuing for a second full day for a swimmer that went missing on Saturday, July 13th.

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) continues for a second full day search for a missing 24-year-old male swimmer that was last seen on Saturday, July 13th.

HFD crews continuing to conduct aerial and shoreline searches near Green Sand Beach (Papakōlea Beach) and USCG crews are continuing to conduct searches in waters around South Point.

High Surf Warning, now downgraded to an advisory, for South, West, and East Facing Shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect until 6:00 am Tuesday morning (July 16th).

Earlier Press Release from USCG:

The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a 24-year-old man off Green Sand Beach, Big Island, Sunday.

“We are currently searching for a 24-year-old male who is reported to be visiting from Massachusetts,” said Charles Turner, command duty officer, Sector Honolulu. “He was last seen in black board shorts along the shoreline where his belongings were left. Anyone with information that may help in locating him are encouraged to notify the command center at 808-842-2600.”

At 6 p.m., Saturday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a call from a Hawaii Country Fire Department notifying them of the report received from a good Samaritan on the beach.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers point searched throughout the night and will continue to do so throughout the day along with local partners.

Engaged in the Search are:

- An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point

- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) Crew

- Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Marine Corps Base


- Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter and ground crews

Weather on scene is winds of 25 mph and seas up to 8 feet.

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