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Coast Guard cutter joins search for tourist missing off Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:47 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2013

The Coast Guard will search through the night for one of two men who were swept into waters off Kauai’s north shore Monday.

According to the Kauai Fire Department, two visitors from San Francisco were walking along a rocky shoreline between Kalihiwai Bay and Kauapea Beach around 11:30 a.m. when high surf swept them into the ocean.

One of the visitors, a 47-year-old man, was able to swim back to the rocks and was recovered by a KFD helicopter crew. He was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

The other man, age 62, remains missing. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Teaming in the search are the fire department, the Coast Guard, Ocean Safety, and Kauai Police Department personnel.

The Coast Guard dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Kauai. The 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Kittiwake was expected to arrive this evening and search throughout the night.

In addition, a HC-130 Hercules airplane is expected to join the search on Tuesday.

Coast Guard rescue crews had covered some 54 square miles as of this evening.

Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said the area where the two swimmers were swept into sea occurred in the same general area where Adam Griffiths and Brian Baker drowned in January. 

Griffiths and Baker, both of San Francisco, were hiking with friends along a remote rocky area when Baker, 47, was struck by a rogue wave. Griffiths, 46, attempted to rescue him but also was swept into sea. 







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olos73 wrote:
Why is Kauai getting so many drownings?
on March 4,2013 | 01:32PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
first off, for an area that is not so "secret", it gets a high amount of tourist traffic, and no lifeguards in sight either posting signs or warning visitors. The reef structure is such that it gets very deep very fast, with high surf and/or high tide coming in, the waters rushing out create strong rip currents that pull you out, and swimmers unknowingly try to fight it instead of swimming sideways from it. if kauai valued it's tourists, it would appropriate funds and hire lifeguards and position them wherever they can, and the least of which try to educate everyone even before they arrive.
on March 4,2013 | 05:53PM
copperwire9 wrote:
It's winter on a north-facing shoreline, and people who have no clue about how dangerous that combination can be. Years ago I was once strolling along in that same area in water that was maybe 2 inches above my ankles, when a small - 1 foot? - wave came up and swept me down the beach. It's incredibly fierce, unbelievably so sometimes.
on March 4,2013 | 08:55PM
Tony96822 wrote:
Because tourist are clueless, there are no signs, people don't understand the power of nature, there is not enough man power to police the island and .........................................
on March 4,2013 | 01:42PM
cojef wrote:
Many dangerous beaches, especially the the Kalihiwai area. From way back when, tidal waves have washed people out to sea. The area to me is spookie(full of mana) when I grew up in Kapaa during the 1925/44's.
on March 4,2013 | 01:57PM
Allenk wrote:
Someone told me that Anahola and Kalihiwai are sacred places and hold some type of deep spiritual meaning. It might even be some type of pathway for the spirits.
on March 4,2013 | 07:12PM
SueH wrote:
Signs are basically useless to prevent tragedy, and placed mostly as a "CYA" move. If the "sheep" can't see the waves towering in front of them, they certainly won't see the signs behind them.
on March 4,2013 | 03:04PM
Pocho wrote:
When will people start to learn?
on March 4,2013 | 02:10PM
AKULEMAN wrote:
There should be a Warning Sign on this area, if there is none.
on March 4,2013 | 03:25PM
Numilalocal wrote:
US Coast Guard assets were also deployed in this search.
on March 4,2013 | 03:52PM
WKAMA wrote:
Will these tourist ever learn? The ocean is not a lake.
on March 4,2013 | 06:42PM
Allenk wrote:
At Kalihiwai there is a calmer pond of brackish water surrounded by trees that are about 150 yards inland. It is refilled by the larger on rushing waves. I can remember swimming with the kids in the calmer area. On no account were we going to take them on the beach side. The sheer power and size of the waves crashing on that beach were terrifying.
on March 4,2013 | 06:56PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Kauai is becoming quite the death trap for tourists, so many lately have died while visiting there.
on March 4,2013 | 08:28PM
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