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Coast Guard Searching for Possible Person in the Water Near Cove Beach Park, Maui

UPDATE:

Emily Walton was verified to be safe and on land Friday following a search off Kihei, Maui.

“This is the best possible scenario and we are glad Ms. Walton is safe, ” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Cusic, a watchstander at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center. “We were not certain she was in the water, but there was as strong possibility and we take every case seriously. We recommend all waterway users leave word with family or friends of their plans including their intended return.”

Walton called the Coast Guard command center to report herself on land Friday afternoon. Maui County police officers made contact with her and verified she was her identity and safety. All response assets were stood down. 

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers stating Walton’s boyfriend reported her missing off Cove Beach Park Thursday. The call prompted watchstanders to issue an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and to direct the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Maui. The RB-M crew searched the area for approximately two hours Thursday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conducted a first light search of the surrounding area Friday. The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316), homeported in Honolulu, also launched to assist in the search but was stood down once Walton was located.

The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water in the vicinity of Cove Beach Park in Kihei, Maui, Thursday.

Missing is Emily Walton.

Walton was last seen wearing a black bikini and has a partially shaved head, dark blonde hair with green eyes and was reported to be a good swimmer.

Anyone with information on the location of Walton is asked to call the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center in Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Maui is currently searching the area and will be on scene for approximately two hours due to the uncertainty of Walton being in the water.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers stating Walton’s boyfriend reported her missing.

He reported being with her at the beach from 4:30 p.m., to 5 p.m., then left for a period of time. When he returned at approximately 9 p.m., he found some of her belongings still on the beach but Walton and her phone were gone.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point will conduct a first light search of the surrounding area.

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