Search Continues for Missing Free Diver Offshore in North Kohala

June 10, 2020, 7:37 AM HST (Updated June 10, 2020, 8:12 AM)
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A search continues after a free diver was reported missing offshore of Mahukona State Park in North Kohala.

Hawai‘i Fire Department received the initial call on the missing diver at approximately 11:18 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon arriving at the beach park, the Company from North Kohala performed a shoreline ground search. Ocean Safety Jet Ski initiated a shoreline and ocean search.

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The US Coast Guard assisted in the search and rescue operations in the USCG Dolphin helicopter. HFD suspended the search at sunset and have resumed their efforts at first light this morning.

This morning, HFD Battalion Chief Michael Grace said the search would continue for three days.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat. Tiffany is an award-winning journalist, receiving recognition from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Tiffany grew up on the Big Island and is passionate about telling the community’s stories.

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