Search Suspended for Fisherman Off Big Island

The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a missing fisherman off the Big Island Saturday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A 56-year-old male was fishing from a 10-foot cliff near Mackenzie State Recreation Area Friday evening when reporting sources say he was  swept out to sea after either slipping or being washed off by a wave.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from the Hawaii County Fire Department Friday at 9:40 p.m. and launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, 110-foot patrol boat.

Hawaii County Fire Department has a rescue boat and ground team also assisting in the search.

The missing fisherman was wearing black rain gear.

For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.

Update:

“Aerial search conducted up to 1/2 mi. offshore, dive operations conducted fronting Malama Flats area, ground search conducted from Pohoiki to Kaimu Beach. All negative findings. Search suspended till first light on Sunday June 8, 2014.”

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