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Coast Guard searching for two people missing in waters off North Kohala

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    The Hawaii County Fire Department called the Coast Guard Sunday morning after a mariner found a 12-foot Zodiac dinghy adrift offshore

The Coast Guard was searching Sunday for two possible persons in the water off North Kohala after an empty Zodiac was found adrift.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Barbers Point and the cutter Ahi were launched to search the area, five miles north of Kawaihae Harbor.

The Hawaii County Fire Department called the Coast Guard Sunday morning after a mariner found a 12-foot Zodiac dinghy adrift offshore. Campers reported seeing a man and a woman using a dinghy like the one found.

The dinghy had two fishing rods, a tackle box and fresh fish in the cooler aboard. The owner of the Zodiac is thought to be Derek Liu, whose green Nissan truck is still atthe campsite.

Anyone with information that may help locate the owners of the dinghy is asked to contact the Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

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