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Still no sign of fisherman missing off Big Island

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:00 p.m. HST, Jun 08, 2014

The search for 56-year-old fisherman missing since Friday continued for a second full day without any new leads.

Big Island fire rescue personnel conducted a multi-pronged search effort around the Malama Flats area on Sunday. An air crew searched up to a half-mile offshore while divers searched an area fronting Malama Flats. Ground crews also searched the area between Pohoiki and Kaimu Beach.

The man was last seen around 9 p.m. Friday. Witnesses said he was swept out to sea after slipping on a rock or being knocked down by a wave.

Firefighters suspended the search until first light on Monday.

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Slow wrote:
In one week we lost a fisherman who fell in the ocean during a fishing tournament and an opihi picker. The island of Hawaii has miles of unforgiving lava cliffs, no barrier reefs and strong currents. We were spending some time with friends at the ocean for a birthday and baptism. The Coast Guard helicopter landed in the parking lot then lifted off and began their sad search of the coast. A cutter and a large plane also were working the coastline. One learns that there is not much of a safety net in rural Hawaii. Make good decisions.
on June 9,2014 | 08:59AM
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