Still no sign of Lihue man missing off Kauai’s east shore as search continues

Still no sign of Lihue man missing off Kauai’s east shore as search continues
Rescuers searched Saturday for the 55-year-old man.

WAILUA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The search for a missing Kauai man in waters along the Garden Isle’s east coast continued Sunday — a day after he was last seen.

The search will continues as a Coast Guard cutter will be searching through the night again.

Rescue specialists spent most of Saturday searching for a 55-year-old Lihue man who police later identified as Darall Pascua. He has no permanent address but has been known to frequent the Lihue area.

Kauai fire officials said the man was last seen around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in an area known as Marine Camp near the Wailua Golf Course.

Police have identified the man as 55-year-old Darall Pascua.
Police have identified the man as 55-year-old Darall Pascua. (Kauai Police)
Emergency crews continued their search Sunday.
Emergency crews continued their search Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard)

He was with a friend who last spotted him standing on the reef about 50 yards from the shore as he tried to retrieve a fishing net. The friend eventually lost sight of him and alerted authorities.

Kapaa firefighters, lifeguards on jet skis, the U.S. Coast Guard and others responded and began scouring the area by land and by air for any trace of the man.

The search continued until 5 p.m. when officials decided to call it off for the day. Coast Guard officials however continued looking into the night. Operations started again Sunday morning.

As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, there were no signs of Pasuca.

Coast Guard officials added that a Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew from the Kaneohe Bay-based Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 also joined the search.

Other parties involved include:

- An Air Station Barbers Point Dolphin helicopter crew

- The crew of the Coast Guard Gutter Joseph Gerzcak (WPC 1126)

- A Station Kauai RB-M crew

- Kauai County Fire Department Kapa‘a firefighters

- Ocean Safety lifeguards on Jetskis

- Kauai County Fire Department Rescue 3 specialists aboard Air 1 helicopter

Anyone who may have seen Pascua or signs of a missing swimmer are urged to call Kauai police at 241-1711.

He was last seen wearing red-, green-, and yellow-colored board shorts with no shirt. Police do not suspect foul play in his disappearance.

This story will be updated.

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