Coast Guard searches for missing Hilo man

Richard Gomez

The Coast Guard is assisting Hawaii County police and firefighters in the search for a missing 48-year-old Hilo man.

Officials say Richard Gomez departed Hilo in a small boat at 10 a.m. Friday and has not been seen since. He was reportedly headed for South Point.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is searching the waters off the east side of Hawaii and crew members from the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake are en route to join the search.

Gomez is described as 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, with green or hazel eyes.

The Coast Guard is asking people on shore and on the water to keep an eye out and report all sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

Anyone with information on Gomez’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hawaii County Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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