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Fire Department to resume search for missing surfer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:18 a.m. HST, Nov 16, 2013

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The Honolulu Fire Department plans to resume the search for missing surfer Kirk Passmore today.

No trace of Passmore was found Friday, as authorities conducted helicopter and jet-ski searches, Honolulu fire spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said.

The Coast Guard suspended its search at sunset Friday near Alligator Rock. "It is with heavy hearts that we now suspend our active search efforts," said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. "Our thoughts go out to the Passmore family and the tight-knit communities in both Hawaii and California where he was an important member."

The Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety searched more than 2,330 square miles. Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point searched the area. Honolulu Fire Department, Ocean Safety and volunteers from the community also combed the area by land, air and sea.

Seelig said the waters last Friday were too rough for a dive search.

Passmore, 32, disappeared before noon Wednesday after he tried riding a 20-foot wave.

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