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Kauai firefighters continue search for third missing fisherman

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Kauai Fire Department personnel conducted an aerial search today for the third of three fishermen who went missing when their vessel overturned in waters off Oahu’s North Shore a week ago.

The search was suspended in the evening. Fire officials will decide whether to continue the search on Sunday morning.

Two bodies, believed to be those of the other two fishermen, were spotted recovered from waters off Kauai on Friday. An overturned vessel was also spotted in the vicinity of one of the recovered bodies.

Friends and avid fishermen Jensen Loo, Clint Oshima and Derek Thomas, all 30, left Haleiwa Boat Harbor on July 3 in the 20-foot vessel Iwa. They were reported missing Sunday night after not returning as scheduled.

On Monday the Coast Guard spotted the Iwa overturned about 25 miles off the harbor.

Over the next four days, Coast Guard boats and planes and Hawaii County watercraft and helicopters searched a total of more than 27,600 square miles. The search area began off the North Shore but extended as far west as Kauai and north up to nearly 100 miles offshore, based on drift models.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday evening.

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