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Rescuers search for a 15-year-old boy swept into the sea

By Star-Advertiser staff


The U.S. Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a 15-year-old boy swept out to sea near Kealakekua Bay Wednesday evening.

Tyler Madoff and a 14-year-old boy were hiking with a group near the Captain Cook Monument near the bay Wendesday at about 2:45 p.m. when they stopped in a tidal pool and a wave washed both into rough ocean waters, the Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department said. A boat rescued the 14-year-old boy, but Madoff remains missing.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter and search and rescue crews and divers looked for the missing boy until darkness fell.

The Coast Guard searched through the night and the Fire Department rejoined the search this morning.

Madoff was last seen near the rocky shoreline fronting Kaawaloa Lighthouse, the fire department reported.

The 14-year-old boy went to Kona hospital. His condition was not released.

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false wrote:
Oh, no, please accept my deepest condolences. It reminds me of my brother, who while not paying attention when he was 16 years old, rammed his moped head on into the front of a car, which was going probably 5 MPH, in a 25 MPH zone, in our neighborhood street. Thank goodness my brother is still alive today.
on July 5,2012 | 12:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
Yes, we don't realize what we have until we lose a family member. It reminds us to be thankful for all the things we take for granted.
on July 5,2012 | 11:09AM
false wrote:
This is so sad. Kealakekua is such a beautiful place to experience such terrror. My heart goes out to you. Life can be so harsh when we least expect it. The ocean is so beguiling and treacherous. Take care.
on July 5,2012 | 06:03AM
Anonymous wrote:
My prayers go out to the family.
on July 5,2012 | 11:06AM
808chubs wrote:
Tour operators who take visitors out to Kaawaloa, need to be more responsible with those they escort. It is ridiculous, how inept these operators are, they do not educate them about the hazards. Kaawaloa has a lot of lava tubes out there and it is dangerous, even the "locals" who were born and raised in Napoopoo village are careful in the area. We have witnessed all the rescue personnel on the bay and also this afternoon, the helicopters and Coast Guard boats were out. The waters yesterday was rough, very choppy, why they were taken out in those conditions is beyond me, especially if they are not experienced. People in the village would not have ventured out in those conditions. I pray for a positive outcome, IDK.
on July 5,2012 | 06:15PM
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