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Missing swimmer found safe after search suspended

KAPA‘A — A missing swimmer was found safe after a widepread, multi-agency search for the man was suspended on Saturday morning.

“The man was not missing nor was he in distress while swimming on Friday afternoon,” the Kaua‘i Fire Department (KFD) said in an update.

The ordeal started at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday, when a bystander reported seeing someone in distress in the water fronting Pono Kai Resort in Kapa‘a, the KFD said.

That alleged sighting sparked an air, sea and land-based search by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ocean Safety Bureau and the KFD. The search was suspended at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday.

“Witnesses (also) reported seeing a heavier-set male with long, grayish hair and no shirt snorkeling on Friday,” the KFD said in an earlier update on the incident.

“However, no missing persons have been reported, and there have been no sightings of the possible missing swimmer since the search began Friday evening. Fire officials have suspended their search efforts pending any new information.”

Coast Guard pesonnel remained on-scene Saturday.The missing swimmer was not identified.
Source: The Garden Island

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