Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater off Hawaii Island


The Coast Guard suspended the search Tuesday afternoon for a missing mariner off Hawaii Island.

Charles Locklar, 26, was last seen swimming toward shore with his uncle after their 10-foot skiff reportedly capsized due to high winds approximately a half-mile off Lapakahi State Park Saturday.

His uncle made it to shore and called 911 when he couldn’t find Locklar.

Coast Guard, Hawaii Island Fire Dept., and Marine Corps Base Hawaii crews searched a total area of more than 2,878 square miles, 26 number of searches and deployed three self-locating datum marker buoys over four days.

Locklar remains missing.

“Our crews and partners saturated the area with assets in an effort to locate Locklar and despite our best efforts we were not successful in finding Charles,” said Capt. Michael Long, commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Speaking as a both a Coast Guard officer and a father, suspending a search is a decision that never gets easier. Our sincere condolences go out to Charles’ family and friends during this difficult time. We thank our partner agencies for their professionalism and continued support of search and rescue efforts around the main Hawaiian Islands.”

Anyone with information that may help locate Locklar is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

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