54-year-old diver still missing after Saturday rescue attempt

The Coast Guard, Ocean Safety and the Honolulu Fire Department are continuing a search that started Saturday afternoon for a missing free diver near Kaena Point.

Missing is 54-year-old Nicholas Spotkaeff. He was reported to be wearing gray and green surf shorts.

Helicopter search (anonymously submitted photo)
Helicopter search (anonymously submitted photo)

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report from crewmembers at Ocean Safety regarding a missing free diver who was last seen swimming with his son in the vicinity of Ka’ena Point.

Spotkaeff was last seen approximately 50 yards offshore of Kaena Point at about 1 p.m. Saturday.

A HFD rescue boat found a floater and spear attached together about a mile-and-a-half northwest of the point yesterday during the initial search. They were confirmed to be the missing diver’s.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, a Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, and crews from Ocean Safety and the HFD are continuing the search.

One command spot is at the end of Mokuleia near Kaena Point and another possible one at the end of the road on Yokohama. There was a briefing at Waianae Boat Harbor at 5 a.m. Sunday before heading out.

Spotkaeff is 5-foot-10, 220 lbs., with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.



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