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Coast Guard suspend search for 66-year-old paddler off Honaunau Beach – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-08 04:15:00 –

The Coast Guard stopped searching for a 66-year-old paddler off Honaunau Beach on Monday.

The search for Michael Kitagawachi began on Saturday when a canoe was found ashore a mile away from the beach where he regularly rowed. His car was found with his cell phone inside.

“Since Saturday, our crew has worked closely with the Hawaii County Fire Department to cover more than 749 nautical miles during the 59-hour search time,” said Darin McCracken, a search and rescue planner in Sector Honolulu. “During that time, there is no sign of Mr. Kitakawachi. It’s a difficult decision, but I stopped searching after sunset today until new information came out,” he said in the release.

The crew of the HC-130 Heracles and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and the Coast Guard cutter William Hurt joined the search. The Hawaii County Fire Department also deployed ground crew, helicopter crew, and boat crew.

The Navy Sea Hawk crew also joined the search, and good Samaritans on a recreational vessel assisted them for the next few days.

According to the Japan Coast Guard, the weather at the time of the call was less than a foot, the wind was weak and the wind was changing.

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