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Search continues for missing diver off Makaha

  • Harold “JJ” Jackson

The search for a missing 52-year-old diver continues as the Honolulu Fire Department and the Coast Guard scour the shore and underwater areas off Makaha Beach Park.

Harold “JJ” Jackson went diving with a friend as part of a group that left Waianae Boat Harbor in a 19-foot boat around 8:15 p.m. Monday. He was last seen exploring the underwater Makaha caves and was outfitted in a wet suit and scuba gear.

The Honolulu Fire Department suspended its search around sundown Tuesday and resumed early Wednesday morning, said HFD Capt. David Jenkins. Preliminary reports indicated that a net bag found at the site belonged to Jackson, Jenkins said. He added that search crews Wednesday are “pretty much utilizing the same techniques as yesterday” and have since expanded their search. A civilian team of Jackson’s family and friends also were on scene Wednesday using their own boats and walking the beach to aid with search efforts, he said.

The Coast Guard has launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Barbers Point, an 87-foot Kittiwake, an auxiliary vessel and two other response boats Wednesday. Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said crew members searched throughout Tuesday night and have since searched about 1,000 square miles. 

Jackson, described as an experienced diver and shell collector, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.

Anyone with information on Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime­Stop­pers at 955-8300 or *CRIME from a cellphone. Alternatively, text "CS808" plus your message to 274637 or CRIMES.

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