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HFD & Coast Guard Conduct Search After Reports of Flare Sighting

May 5, 2017, 8:42 AM HST
* Updated May 5, 8:45 AM
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Fire units responded to the report of a flare sighting in waters off Hilo Bay at 12:30 a.m., Friday, May 5, 2017.

Upon arrival at scene, two unrelated groups reported that they saw something in the sky resembling a flare between the end of the breakwall and Honoli‘i.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and a Hawai‘i Fire Department rescue boat was launched to search the referenced area, while units on the ground maintained a visual of the area.

HFD rescue boat performed a grid search but found no boaters in distress.

A Coast Guard helicopter performed multiple sweeps from the breakwall to Honoli‘i, returning to O‘ahu at about 6:30 a.m., without finding any signs of vessels in distress.

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Contact was made with the owner of the only trailer at Wailoa Boat ramp, who stated he was near Pohoiki and not in distress.

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