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Police identify fisherman whose body was recovered in Maalaea Harbor

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:30 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2012

Maui police identified a 57-year-old fisherman who was found face down in the water at Maalaea Harbor Saturday morning as Gary Y. Ibara, of Wailuku.

The man’s wife reported that Ibara left home about 7:30 p.m. Friday to pick sea cucumbers off the seawall at the harbor, a Maui police spokesman said. After Ibara didn’t return home at the planned time, his wife went to the harbor to search for him and found his gear near a wall, and his slippers and pole net floating at the water’s edge. 

She called for help about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Maui firefighters responded, and a rescue crew on two personal watercraft searched the ocean, a fire department spokesman said. The crew found Ibara floating face down about 200 yards from the seawall about 5:30 a.m. and brought his body back to Maalaea boat ramp.

Police said the death is not suspicious.

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