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Coast Guard, fire department search for missing free diver off Kohala

The U.S. Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department crews are still searching for a missing free diver off of Kohala on the Big Island since a report came that the man was missing Tuesday morning.

Sam Gardner, a Sector Honolulu search and rescue coordinator, said the crews are still searching for Guy Hermogila, 44, who was last known to be free diving for lobsters off of Black Point, Kohala Monday night. He is described as being in good physical condition and was last seen wearing a black swimsuit.

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew is currently searching the area, along with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak, a Hawaii County shore search group and others. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notice to mariners requesting anyone in the area keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

At 8 a.m., the county fire department informed Sector Honolulu watchstanders that the family of Hermogila reported him missing this morning after he went diving. Hawaii County first responders found what is believed to be Hermogila’s dive float and equipment bag still on the beach.

Anyone with information on Hermogila’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard at 842-2600.

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