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Coast Guard Searching for Fisherman Near Ka‘alu‘alu Bay

July 4, 2017, 8:16 AM HST
* Updated July 4, 8:24 AM
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The Coast Guard is searching for a man in the water in the vicinity of Ka‘alu‘alu Bay on the Big Island beginning on Monday, July 3, 2017.

Shane Roena, 48, was reportedly last seen wearing green and red shorts and was not wearing a shirt. He is 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday, stating Roena’s 10-year-old son had witnessed him fall into the water while trying to clean a cooler and he lost sight of him shortly after. The two were reportedly out fishing.

A bystander told Hawai’i Fire Department first responders that the man fell down the cliff into the ocean.

Two fire department helicopter crews— C-1 and C-2—conducted initial searches of the area at about 6 p.m. but did not locate Roena.

His son was airlifted from the rocky shoreline by HFD and brought to a designated landing zone where he was picked up by his grandmother.

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is currently searching the area and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, homeported in Honolulu, is assisting in the search.

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Weather conditions on scene are reported as 40 mph winds, seas to 8 feet with a 3-foot swell.

Anyone with information about the location of Roena is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center at (808) 842-2600.

More information will be released once it becomes available.

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