Rescue crews suspend search for missing man on Kauai

Source: County of Kauai
Source: County of Kauai

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rescuers continue to search for the body of Scott Akina, a 55-year-old Kilauea man who was reported missing Tuesday night when he didn't return home after a routine exercise near Ninini Beach that afternoon.

He is believed to have been swimming at the time of his disappearance.

While strong winds and choppy surf created challenges throughout the week, the air, land and sea-based search continued for a third consecutive day with personnel from the Kauai Fire Department, the Kauai Police Department, the Ocean Safety Bureau, the state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Kauai police, Ocean Safety lifeguards, and KFD Rescue Specialists plan to continue their shoreline search through Saturday morning, focusing on the area surrounding Kalapaki Bay and Nawiliwili Harbor.

Support from Air 1, DOCARE and the U.S. Coast Guard will be provided on an as-needed basis.

"We are very thankful for the support and dedication of our partnering agencies during this unified mission," stated Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry. "The extensive ground covered over the course of the past three days would not have been possible without the assets and personnel that each agency provided. While we remain hopeful that we can locate and recover the victim's body, we have decided to suspend the aerial search today and instead focus our efforts on a shoreline search in and around the harbor tomorrow."

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