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Coast Guard rescues missing diver off Kaena Point

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:26 a.m. HST, Feb 20, 2012

A 45-year-old scuba diver, lost at sea for nearly 10 hours, used his flashlight in the early morning darkness to signal a Coast Guard helicopter and was rescued about two miles west of Kaena Point.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the man, wearing a black dive suit, was diving with a group of friends about a mile off Kaena Point at about 12:30 p.m. He was reported missing about 3:30 p.m. after failing to surface as scheduled.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer aboard the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter sighted the diver, without the use of night vision goggles, as the helicopter was departing the area to refuel.

The rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter and remained in the water with the diver until the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi arrived at 1:05 a.m. Monday..

The Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department searched for a distance extending nine miles from the diver's last known location.

The cutter took the man to Barbers Point Harbor where he was met by emergency medical staff and family. He was reported to be in good health.

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Vivgie wrote:
Coast Guard heroes once again. Best people to know.
on February 20,2012 | 07:18AM
Anonymous wrote:
Hurray for the Coasties! Yet another life saved. You guys are really appreciated!
on February 20,2012 | 10:02AM
Halemaumau wrote:
Outstanding work !
on February 20,2012 | 10:05AM
allie wrote:
Coast Guard is a really good organization. In the 1970's they saved thast lost hawaiian catamaran from all dying as they had failed tro use Western technology. I prefer the Coast guard to ideology.
on February 20,2012 | 10:12AM
Eradication wrote:
Alice, why is it that you spread "Kukae" everywhere you go?
on February 20,2012 | 11:04AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Is Allie REALLY Alice?
on February 20,2012 | 11:07AM
Eradication wrote:
Great job Coast Guard. Mahalo for the tremendous job you folks do for our community. BTW, if you get a distress call from "Allie", don't worry about it. You'd be doing everybody a favor.....
on February 20,2012 | 11:07AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Thank you Coast Guard for never giving up.
on February 20,2012 | 11:09AM
kaleofkaneohe wrote:
HOORAY for the Coast Guard (again!) . . . Just last week they picked up the two surfers off the North Shore, and today, THIS. We are very fortunate to have such a team of professionals.
on February 20,2012 | 12:51PM
scooters wrote:
Great end to this story. Coasties to the rescue..
on February 20,2012 | 03:29PM
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