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Search underway in Haena for missing snorkeler

Police, firefighters, Ocean Safety and Coast Guard personnel are searching today for a missing 46-year-old California man who had been snorkeling in Haena.

Authorities said the man was at the beach with his wife Thursday morning, entered the water at 11:30 a.m., and was reported missing when he failed to return from snorkeling at Makua Beach (also known as Tunnels Beach).

Police and firefighters worked with the Coast Guard and searched Makua Beach and the surrounding area. He was last seen snorkeling towards the open ocean.

A fire rescue team aboard the fire helicopter searched the shoreline. A personal rescue watercraft unit and the Coast Guard searched offshore. The Coast Guard deployed a cutter, a response boat, a helicopter. Ocean Safety swimmers and a police and Coast Guard shore party searched the shoreline.

The man is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark board shorts and a long-sleeved gray rash guard.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 241-1711 or Lt. Kenneth Cummings at 241-1686, or call the Coast Guard at 842-2600.

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