Kauai police identify man swept out to sea

Source: County of Kauai
Source: County of Kauai

KALIHIWAI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Still no sign of a man who was swept into the ocean off Kalihiwai Point on Kauai on Monday. A search for the missing man will continue the search on Wednesday.

Police have identified him as Phua Chuan Chin, age 62, of the Republic of Singapore.

Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 and the U.S. Coast Guard continued an aerial search Tuesday  from Waikoko to the Kilauea Lighthouse. Jet skis assisted in a sea-based search with personnel from the Kauai Fire Department and the Ocean Safety Bureau, concentrating on the area in and around Kalihiwai Bay.

Detectives with the Kauai Police Department also conducted a visual search of the shoreline near the area where the incident occurred.

According to witnesses, Chin was with three other individuals while walking along the rocky shoreline at around 11:30 a.m. Monday near Kalihiwai Point, just east of the Kalihiwai Bay, when he and another male where swept into the ocean by a powerful wave.

The second male victim was able to make it back to shore and was airlifted via Air 1 out of the area. He was transported to Wilcox Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.

The incident occurred in a remote location along Kauai's North Shore during a high surf advisory, which remains in effect for north and west facing shores through Tuesday evening.

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