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Press Release | Oct. 8, 2023

Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker off Maui

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has suspended the active search for the missing kayaker off Tavares Beach, Saturday.

The 63 year-old male remains missing. The active search has been suspended pending further information.

“During this case our crews have worked closely with the Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department conducting 37 searches over 76 search hours and covered 1,147 square nautical miles,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Colby Anderson, a Sector Honolulu Command Center watchstander. “While it is not an easy decision, we have suspended the active search pending any further new information.”

At 6:50 a.m., Thursday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders were notified of the overdue kayaker who was last known to be departing Tavares Beach.

Upon notification, the watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, deployed boat crews from Coast Guard Station Maui, and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Hart.

Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircrews were also launched to assist with the search. 

At approximately 9:10 a.m., Thursday, a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui located the missing person’s kayak less than 1-nautical mile north of Hookipa Beach Park.

First responders from the Maui Fire Department and Maui County Police Department were also deployed to search.

Involved in the search were:

  • Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrews
  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews
  • Coast Guard Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew 
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Hart
  • Maui Fire Department Air 1 helicopter aircrews
  • Maui Fire Department jet-ski crews
  • Maui County Police Department