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Search for missing fisherman suspended on third day in Puna

Search crews spent a third day Tuesday (Sept 29) searching for a missing fisherman at the Kaloli Point area of Hawaiian Paradise Park.

A witness saw the fisherman swept off the shoreline cliff by high surf conditions about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The man was last seen floating in the water about 50 meters offshore.

Tuesday ground crews did a shoreline search while a rescue boat with SCUBA divers checked the area where the fisherman was last seen along with north and south of that location. Chopper One was dispatched to do an aerial search about eight miles north and south and up to one mile offshore.

The Coast Guard had also joined the search on the weekend with a patrol boat and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter out of Honolulu. The Coast Guard had searched a total of 124 miles on the weekend and deployed a marker buoy to send back location data for ocean currents and drift.

Search efforts have been suspended.

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