Search suspended for missing surfer near Waimea Bay

The Coast Guard and Honolulu firefighters have suspended its search for a missing surfer near Waimea Bay.

Alec “Ace Cool” Cooke, 59, was last seen on Tuesday, at approximately 4 p.m., leaving his Waialua residence to go surfing on the North Shore.

“We’ve suspended several searches recently for folks who’ve gone missing in the water without locating them and it does not get easier,” said Cmdr. Arex Avanni, deputy commanding officer at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “As with any missing persons search we saturated the area in an attempt to locate Mr. Cooke, but pending further developments, we have decided to suspend the active search. The Pacific Ocean is very dangerous, especially when we have heavy surf conditions. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.”

Crews searched approximately 8,930 square miles and deployed two self-locating marker buoys.

Involved in the search were an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the crews of USCGC Kittiwake and a Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane crew. Hawaii County Fire Department jet ski and helicopter crews searched as well.

Cooke was reported missing by his girlfriend on Wednesday after failing to return.

On Thursday, at approximately 1 a.m., his truck was located unattended in the parking lot of Missions of Saint Peter near Waimea Bay. The Coast Guard said HPD reported Cooke’s dog and keys were still inside.

Then on Friday, the Coast Guard said Cooke’s surfboard was found by a friend.

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