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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Fisherman

October 3, 2014, 2:57 PM HST
* Updated October 3, 2:59 PM
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The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search for 65-year-old Charles Rosecranes, who was last seen at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Pohoiki Bay.

“The suspension of our active search effort is always a difficult decision and is not made lightly,” said Chief Petty Officer Dustin Costa, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

According to the Coast Guard, Rosecranes was making repairs to a 15-foot boat that he was operating with a friend when he reportedly fell overboard.

Before suspending the search, the Coast Guard had worked along with the Hawai`i County Fire Department for 41 hours, searching approximately 754 square miles

A HFD chopper did aerial shoreline searches up to a mile offshore from Kehena Beach to Kapoho Bay with negative findings. Scuba divers were also sent out to conduct searches.

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Despite the Coast Guard’s announcement, the HFD says it continued its search for Rosecranes Friday morning at first light.

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