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Body recovered off Kauai, while search continues for another tourist

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:28 a.m. HST, Oct 5, 2011

Fire rescue personnel recovered the body of a 28-year-old Canadian  visitor in waters off Polihale Beach on Kauai about 7 a.m. today. He was  identified as Steve Kim of Ontario, Canada. Meanwhile, rescue crews resumed searching this morning for a missing 66-year-old California man near Kiahuna Plantation in Poipu.

Meanwhile, Kauai County rescue crews resumed searching this morning for another missing tourist. missing 66-year-old swimmer in the vicinity of Kiahuna Plantation near Poipu.

Police said Kim was swimming with his brother in waist-deep breakers at Polihale Beach late Tuesday. After a few minutes passed, Kim’s brother lost sight of him, Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman said in a news release. A surfer searched for Kim without success.

Fire rescue personnel responded at 6:25 p.m. A Coast Guard helicopter assisted in the search until 9 p.m.

Fire and Coast Guard personel found Kim’s body this morning about 30 yards off Polihale Beach minutes after they resumed the search.

Another search is continuing for a missing 66-year-old swimmer near Poipu.

Charles Slezak, a visitor from Canoga Park, Calif., was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Slezak is described as 6 feet tall with medium build. He was last seen wearing black and white shorts, a blue collared shirt and carrying pink swim fins.

A Coast Guard air crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point is also assisting in the search. The Coast Guard cutter Galveston Island, a 110-foot patrol boat, continued the rescue effort overnight.

Anyone with information on Slezak’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu 24-hour operations center at 842-2606.

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