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UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.

The search for Schroff was suspended this afternoon and the missing swimmer is being reported as Kauai’s 12th drowning of 2022, the Kauai Police Department said.

“Our hearts go out to Prakash’s family and friends during this difficult time,” KPD’s Investigative Services Bureau Capt. Paul Applegate said in a statement. “We appreciate all agencies and everyone involved in our attempt to locate Prakash. We also thank the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas for allowing our rescuers access to their property during the search.”

Over the past four days, Kauai firefighters, Ocean Safety Bureau officers, Kauai police, DLNR-DOCARE and the U.S. Coast Guard were involved in an air, land, and sea-based search for Schroff, who was visiting the island from California.


The multi-agency search continues today for a missing swimmer who was last seen in waters off Kauai Sunday.

Prakash Shroff, 56, of Gilroy, Calif. was swimming at Anini Beach with two family members shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday when they “became distressed,” the Kauai Fire Department said.

His family members managed to make it to shore with the help of bystanders but Shroff could not be located.

Firefighters, Kauai Police Department, Ocean Safety lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for the missing swimmer to no avail and resumed the search Monday.

The search team had reported low visibility, strong current and large surf in the area.

Officers of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Conservation of Resources and Enforcement joined search efforts Tuesday.

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