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Coast Guard suspends search for overdue diver off Hawaii island


    A diver was reported to be missing off Pahoehoe Beach Park.

The Coast Guard suspended a search for an overdue diver off Hawaii island today after no one had been reported missing or in distress in the area.

A good Samaritan, who is also an experienced diver, reported the man missing at 2:11 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said.

The good Samaritan saw the man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, about 150 pounds with red hair, swim out to the farthest rocks off Pahoehoe Beach Park in Kona at about 12:40 p.m.

The diver was wearing blue board shorts and a white rash guard with blue lettering. He also wore fins, a mask, diving gear and a back up regulator.

The good Samaritan said he noticed the diver because the man was going out alone, did not have a float or safety gear, and had what the good Samaritan estimated as enough air for 80 minutes of diving.

After two hours, the good Samaritan reported the diver overdue.

The Coast Guard launched a search with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and the cutter Kiska. The Hawaii Fire Department assisted with a helicopter, rescue boat and ground crews.

The Coast Guard suspended the operation after conducting nine searches covering 175 square miles.

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