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Body found in area where swimmer swept out to sea

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:17 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2012

Search and rescue crews found a body believed to be a missing 17-year-old boy who was swept out to sea Friday in Puna.

The search resumed Saturday morning for the missing boy and crews recovered a body in the rocks near the mouth of Haena Bay at about 7 a.m.

The boy was swimming with two friends at Shipman Estates Beach when he was  swept out of the bay by strong currents.

The Fire Department responded to a 1:33 p.m. alarm, and the first unit arrived on scene at 1:45 p.m.

Fire personnel searched the shoreline Friday and a fire helicopter made an aerial search while a rescue boat and three divers made three dives, searching north and south. 

The search was suspended because of poor visibility Friday afternoon.

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