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Rescuers recover body, search for second one at Hanauma Bay

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Honolulu firefighters and Ocean Safety personnel recovered the body of man believed to have died from being swept into the ocean at Hanauma Bay on Friday and are searching for a second possible drowning victim.

According to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins, a group of hikers discovered a pair of bags on a cliff near the Rock Bridge area and called 911 about 1 p.m. Responding fire rescue and Ocean Safety personnel searched the area and discovering the male body around 2:45 p.m.

Jenkins said the body matched identification belonging to a 34-year-old man that was found in one of the bags.

Rescuers say the second bag may belong to another person who may also have been swept into the sea. The Coast Guard is assisting the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety in a land, sea and air search for the second person.

Jenkins said the search was expected to continue until nightfall on Friday and, if necessary, resume at first light on Saturday.

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