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Rescue personnel may continue search for missing Coast Guardsman

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:19 p.m. HST, Oct 11, 2012

Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department continued the search for a missing 36-year-old Coast Guardsman Thursday, covering 1,233 square miles and 2,692 miles of trackline, but found nothing.

Fire officials will confer this morning with the Coast Guard to determine whether to continue the search, said fire Capt. Terry Seelig.

Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews, an aviation survival technician from Air Station Barbers Point, was last seen 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pupukea. Police found his car Wednesday at a Kaena Point parking lot. He was reportedly distraught, police said.

A Coast Guard helicopter, plane and cutter continued searching Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

HFD’s helicopter crew as well as ground teams searched Thursday from Yokohama Bay to Kaena Point, along the coastline and offshore waters. They also scoured the area beyond the shoreline in Mokuleia to the cliffs and in ravines.

Four marker buoys were deployed to assess wind and current direction to identify search areas. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 911 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone, or the Coast Guard at 842-2600.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Just do fly overs. This is a wasted use of manpower.
on October 10,2012 | 11:27AM
copperwire9 wrote:
It's obviously not YOUR family member. SHAME on you.
on October 10,2012 | 06:42PM
keola2011 wrote:
on October 10,2012 | 07:02PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
What a stupid thing to say. Pray that the Coasties never have to look for your sorry arse.
on October 11,2012 | 04:44PM
copperwire9 wrote:
This has to be so difficult for the family and friends that love this man. I wish you all well, and hope that your prayers will be answered in a way that brings peace to you and to Mr. Matthews as well. . . . And on behalf of the other citizens of Hawaii, I apologize for Bdpapa.
on October 10,2012 | 06:45PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I didnʻt mean to sound insensitive but the fly overs are the fastest option to find a missing person. These flyovers give the ground personnel a better idea of the area to focus on. Sending them into an area where you are just guessing creates a lag in time if they are off the mark. In a flyover, the pilot has a Rescue man as spotter and if possible can drop the rescueman to assist victim. All this is if the lost person wants to be found.
on October 11,2012 | 04:18AM
jess wrote:
You did sound not only insensitive but incredibly rude, like others on this thread, I encourage you to put yourself in the family's position and comment likewise. Unless you are a member of a rescue team, please leave the search plan to the professionals. They are doing flyovers, physically walking around Ka'ena point, and have at least two vessels searching for this man through three agencies (Navy, HFD, & his own Coast Guard). Seems to me that they are doing all that is possible.
on October 11,2012 | 12:59PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Been there! Understand how they feel and what gives them the best chance for a successful return of their loved one.
on October 11,2012 | 02:28PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sent for approval again. Trying to explain flyover.
on October 11,2012 | 04:18AM
linedancer wrote:
Bdpapa....think first before replying. It could happen to any of your loved ones.
on October 11,2012 | 10:28AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
This is very important. These are the personnel well trained to help all of us when in distress. It's now time for all of us to kokua for this guy. Wow. GL to all involved in the search.
on October 11,2012 | 10:58AM
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