Coast Guard suspends search for man missing off Big Island

KEHENA BEACH, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The United States Coast Guard said Tuesday morning that as of 6 p.m. Monday, it had suspended its search for a man who was swept out to sea near Kehena Beach on the southeast side of the Big Island on Sunday.

The Hawaii County Fire Department says they will continue their search Tuesday morning for the man, who was swept off the cliff and into the rough waters at Kehena, according to a source at the scene.

Officials from the Hawaii County Fire Department began searching for the man at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday and continued their search Monday.

The Coast Guard in Honolulu says they received notification at approximately 2:46 p.m. on Sunday that the swimmer had gone missing. The Coast Guard Air Station at Barbers Point launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew at 3:25 p.m. and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew at 3:55 p.m. to assist in the search.

The Coast Guard continued to aid in the search Monday.

According to witneses, the swimmer is a 30-year-old male Caucasian with brown hair and a beard, weighing between 180 and 220 pounds.

Anyone able to provide information on the man's identity is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.