Search suspended for missing snorkeler off Kauai

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for a missing snorkeler off Makua Beach, also known as Tunnels, on the north side of Kauai.

The California man was reportedly at the beach park with his wife Thursday morning, Sept. 14, entered the water to snorkel at 11:30 a.m., and did not return.

He was reported missing to police Thursday night, and search crews were notified shortly before 8:22 a.m. Friday.

They searched a total of 75.37 hours over 675 square miles.

“The decision to suspend an active search is never an easy one and our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends during this difficult time,” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Cusic, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “We want to thank our partners at Ocean Safety and Kauai Fire Department for all their assistance during this search.”

The man is reportedly 46 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark board shorts and a long-sleeved grey rash guard.

The Coast Guard asks that anyone with information or sightings of the snorkeler contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center at (808) 842-2600.

You can also call Kauai police at 241-1711 or KPD’s Lt. Kenneth Cummings at 241-1686.

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