Maui rescue crews, Coast Guard suspend search for missing free diver


The Maui Fire Department, along with Maui police and the U.S. Coast Guard, have suspended their search for a missing free diver off Hana.

Police asked the public’s help in locating 41-year-old Joshua Goodwin after he was reported missing Friday, Oct. 14.

He was last seen Thursday, Oct. 13, in the area of mile marker 41 in Kipahulu.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, searches continued but were limited to the air and shoreline due to strong winds, large surf and low visibility in the water. Shoreline searches were conducted around and also downwind of the primary search area.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, at sunset, the Maui Fire Department suspended active searches. The fire department, with assistance from the Coast Guard and Maui police officer, had been searching for Goodwin since Thursday.

Police say, at this time, efforts to locate Goodwin have been unsuccessful and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Searches will not resume unless further developments or new information is received. A missing persons case remains active with the police department.

Goodwin is 41, 6-foot-2, 240 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.

Goodwin was expected to swim out to meet a friend approximately 200 yards away offshore, but never arrived.

An urgent marine alert was issued Friday requesting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout for Goodwin and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center.

If you have any information on Goodwin’s whereabouts, contact Detective Gordon Sagun at (808) 244-6425 or call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 244-6400.  Do not attempt to hold or detain Goodwin for the police.

Or you can contact the Coast Guard at the Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

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