UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 13, 2014:
There are still no sign of a missing woman off East Oahu. Crews spent a fourth and final day searching for 34-year-old Noemi Alcotas.
The Alcotas family released this statement:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Acosta family and we join them in mourning the loss of Jojo.
We, The Alcotas’, would like to thank our family and friends who has surrounded us with love and support and for all their efforts and continued efforts in the search for Noemi. We also ask the public to continue to respect our family’s privacy during this very difficult time.
We would like to thank the Coast Guard, the Honolulu Fire Department, the Honolulu Police Department, the Ocean Safety, and all the government agencies involved for all their efforts and continued efforts in finding Noemi.
We love Noemi very much and are continuing to pray for her safe return. We are working to understand exactly what happened and ask the community to come forward with any information to help us find her.
-The Alcotas Family-
UPDATE: Rescue crews are doing one more search for Noemi Alcotas at first light Monday morning. If she is not found, they will regroup and discuss if there will be any further searches. Crews did multiple air, sea and on-land searches Sunday, which they suspended at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday was the second day of the search for 34-year old Noemi Alcotas who vanished yesterday after a hike.
Hikers found the missing woman’s belongings early Friday afternoon at Baboon’s Nose, an area near the Hanauma Bay hiking trail.
Rescue crews spent all day scouring the area and nearby waters for signs of Alcotas.
Rescuers found 34-year-old Jojo Acostas dead in the same area Friday afternoon. Acostas was believed to have been with Alcotas at the time of her disappearance.
The past 24 hours have been a blur for the family of Noemi Alcotas. Though they declined to speak on camera, family members say they fear Noemi’s fate because she doesn’t know how to swim. Still, they’re praying their beloved Noemi will be found, safe and sound.
Rescue crews resumed their search early Saturday morning. The fire department has rescuers on land and sea, carefully combing the area near Hanauma Bay for signs of Alcotas.
“We have helicopters in the air,” said battalion chief Geoff Chang, “people on shore, divers in the water, Jet Skis patrolling the area.”
The fire department is working alongside the Coast Guard, who are dropping data buoys into the water to see what direction the current is going.
“We use that to see where we think she would still be swimming,” said Coast Guard captain Shannon Gilreath.
But so far, no luck. It’s been difficult for rescuers who don’t have much to go on.
Two backpacks were found at Baboon’s Nose, an area forbidden to the public, and one of the bags contained Alcotas’ belongings.
Though the warning signs are there, hikers KHON2 spoke to say it’s never been enforced, and even though they know what’s going on in the news, many still chose to trespass.
“If there’s a no trespassing sign, there’s a reason for it,” Gilreath said. “You’re breaking the law if you go past it. People have to realize they’re putting our people at risk if you disobey our laws. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to assist those who hopefully obey the laws.”
Rescue crews will resume the search for Alcotas Sunday morning.