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Big Island family holds out hope for missing fisherman

SOUTH POINT, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Big Island family is holding out hope that a man swept away in waters off South Point can still be found alive.

According to authorities, Ceasare Moses, 29, was with a group of friends near the lighthouse Saturday afternoon. He had just thrown a net out when a wave knocked him into the ocean. His friends tried unsuccessfully to throw a flotation device to him in the water. By the time fire rescue crews arrived, his friends had lost sight of him.

Moses was an avid fisherman and had been at South Point for about a month, saving a space for an upcoming ulua fishing tournament. His family said the 2000 Ka'u High School graduate had a daughter, and had just enrolled at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, hoping to become a police officer.

"He was just a humble person. It's so hard to believe," said Moses' father, John Moses of Pahala. "You can only hope for the best, but time is running out.

A spokesperson for the Hawaii County Fire Department said crews would continue searching until dusk Sunday. The Coast Guard planned to continue searching through the night.

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