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Parents of N.Y. teen swept away criticize tour group

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser


The parents of a New York teen swept out to sea in Hawaii are criticizing a tour company's handling of the search.

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Madoff's parents say Bold Earth Teen Adventures showed poor judgment and no staff members stayed at the site to search for their son.

Bold Earth Founder Abbott Wallis said Monday he understands the Madoffs' pain but says staff did everything they could.

Tyler was hiking on the west coast of the Big Island with the tour group Wednesday when waves swept him away.

Michael Madoff says he and his wife are flying back home in White Plains, N.Y., to be with their two other children.

Hawaii County Fire Battalion Chief Reuben Chun says the search will end at sundown Monday if there are no signs of Tyler.

The Coast Guard called off its own search on Thursday night, but HFD personnel, private boaters and volunteers have continued to scan the area in hopes of finding the boy.

HFD personnel conducted an aerial search from Keauhou to Hookena, extending four miles off shore on Sunday. Meanwhile, HFD divers searched waters 800 yards north from where Madoff was last seen to the Captain Cook monument. A ground search was also conducted along the same route.

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