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Teen swept into ocean, missing near Kealakekua Bay


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US Coast Guard Marine Protector class 87-foot coastal patrol boat 'Ahi' out of Honolulu, Hawaii

US Coast Guard Marine Protector class 87-foot coastal patrol boat ‘Ahi’ out of Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Coast Guard and county fire crews are continuing a search for a 15-year-old boy who was swept into the water late Wednesday afternoon while hiking along the shoreline near the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi was launched at 6:30 p.m. An aircrew piloting an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 6 p.m.

Fire department units involved in the search include a helicopter, rescue boat and divers.

Reports indicate two teenagers were swept into the ocean by large waves shortly before 3 p.m. while hiking with a group of people who stopped to rest in a tide pool.

A 14-year-old boy was picked up by a private boat and brought to shore.

He was transported to Kona Community Hospital. No further details on his conditions were available.

Chopper 1 & 2 searched the ocean directly fronting Kaawaloa Lighthouse and surroundings waters. Rescue boat 7 with three divers conducted surface and underwater searches.

Rescue divers found two T-shirts and a blue rope.

The search area is located from the shoreline to a point five miles out to sea.

The Coast Guard is expected to continue the search through the night.

County crews suspended search operations due to darkness and poor visibility. Fire crews expect to return at first light with a helicopter, rescue boat and dive teams.

7 Responses to “Teen swept into ocean, missing near Kealakekua Bay”

  1. Kenny says:

    Have the teens been Identified..

  2. Regan says:

    we are praying for him

    • regan says:

      Iam glad to here your daughter is safe.
      The young boy that is still missing goes to school with my son.
      Alot of prayers are been said for him and for the other young boy who is in crtitical condtion.
      Again, Thank god your daughter is safe and the very Best wishes to her.

  3. ross says:

    The poor teen is from New York part of a 3 week camp trip,my daughter was pulled out of the water safely,i am too praying for him too

  4. Kenny says:

    We got the news last night, our 15yr Nephew is in ICU but he is doing better, the other boy that has not been found is 14yr old. The news had the ages mistaken. Our prayers are still going on for both kids, please if anyone gets any information regarding the missing boy, please let us know. And thank you all for your prayers.

  5. Jennifer says:

    As this hits close to home, I must say my anger is piqued at the lack of help from those who may have had the ability to help. It is difficult enough to plod through grief, but we were blessed when our brother drowned with amazing rescuers and it has been so important for us to know so many fought to save him. I wish that these families could have that comfort. Tyler, I have never know you, but I grieve for you and your family. I will say a prayer for you and leave a lei in your honor at our next trip to Kona. For those who survived, PTSD is not exclusive to war. Please, ask for help when you need it. Namaste.

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