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Search for Missing Puako Diver Underway

February 18, 2016, 8:49 AM HST
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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter similar to the one pictured is being used in the search. Coast Guard file photo.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter similar to the one pictured is being used in the search. Coast Guard file photo.

A missing diver is being searched for by the United States Coast Guard and Hawai’i County Fire Department.

Sixty-nine-year-old Diana Wolking went missing diving off Puako Beach in West Hawai’i.

Wolking was last seen wearing a black rash guard, black and white bikini bottom, a scuba tank, and black fins.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, along with a USCG Kittiwake crew and HFD helicopter and rescue boat crews, were aiding in the search for Wolking.

At 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu received notification from Good Samaritans on the beach who said they saw Wolking enter the water just before sunset. According to the Coast Guard, after more than an hour, the bystanders noticed her truck still parked at the beach and no sign of her in the water or near the beach.

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Anyone with information regarding Wolking’s whereabouts should call the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

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