Crews scour ocean from Hawaii Kai to Barbers Point for missing fisherman

Barney Robinson
Barney Robinson

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The US Coast Guard has deployed its 110-foot cutter Kiska, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and two HC-130 Hercules airplanes in its search for a missing fisherman in waters south of Oahu.

It also has the assistance of the Honolulu Fire Department. However, there's still no sign of Kon Wai Young, 53, or his small boat.

Young is believed to have launched his boat at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai. Coast Guard officials established a search area by using a computer program and a self-locating data marker buoy to calculate environmental factors, such as the speed and direction of currents.

Crews are scouring the ocean stretching from Hawaii Kai to Barbers Point for a Wailupe Valley man, and his 19-foot white and green V-hull boat.

"We understand that the Coast Guard has searched in excess of 2,100 square miles, so they're doing everything they can," Barney Robinson, missing fisherman's neighbor, said. "It's a big ocean and a little boat that they're looking for."

The search for Kon Wai Young was launched Saturday night, after his long-time neighbor noticed that his truck and boat trailer were not at his house.

"I happened to be in the garage around 7 (PM)," Robinson said. "I saw his mom over there and I asked about him. She says, oh, he's not back yet. She was pretty concerned and worried about him, so we jumped in my car. We went down to Maunalua Bay to look and see if his truck was still there. Sure enough it was."

Robinson towed the vehicle and trailer back to their neighborhood Sunday. He says Young has been going fishing on his boat for three or four years.

"He goes out on a regular basis," Robinson said. "We believe he has a radio. He has some safety equipment. But at this point, yeah, there's a lot of unknowns right now."

It was a busy day for Honolulu fire rescue personnel, as they hustled back and forth between assisting with the ocean search and responding to calls from hikers. A woman needed help after injuring her shoulder and ankle at the Manoa Falls Trail, after another hiker fractured her arm at the Kaau Crater Trail in Palolo Valley.

Young's family and friends are hoping the operation at sea will be successful.

"We still have our fingers crossed and, at this point, we still have high hopes," Robinson said.

Fire officials say an alert was also sent out to mariners, asking them to keep an eye out for the 19-foot white and green boat while out at sea.

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