Hawaii island firefighters urge caution after spate of missing ocean users

  • Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Published: 06/21/2020 10:43 PM

Hawaii island firefighters are reminding the public to use more caution when entering the ocean after a spate of fatalities and missing divers this month. In less than two weeks, four people have died or gone missing in the ocean, and firefighters conducted another search today for a possible missing diver, said West Hawaii Battalion Chief William Bergin. About 8 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of an unattended dive buoy off Mauumae Beach in South Kohala. Firefighters searched for about four hours, using a helicopter and personal watercraft, and received assistance from police for a shoreline search. The buoy was anchored with a weight and a three-pronged spear was nearby. Firefighters also notified the Coast Guard, and eventually called off the search about noon because no divers had been reported missing, Bergin said.


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