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Search suspended on Kauai for man swept out to sea

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Source: County of Kauai Source: County of Kauai
Source: County of Kauai Source: County of Kauai

The search for a man who was swept out to sea earlier this week on Kauai was suspended Wednesday afternoon following a three-day, multi-agency effort.

Phua Chuan Chin of Singapore is being reported as Kauai's ninth drowning for 2013.

Chin, 62, was one of two men swept out to sea Monday morning while walking the rocky and remote shoreline along Kalihiwai Point, just east of Kalihiwai Bay on the North Shore.

Chin's body could not be located despite this week's air, land and sea-based search with a team of rescuers including Kauai lifeguards, firefighters, police and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The second victim, age 47 of Ohio, was able to make it back to shore after being swept out. Rescue Specialists then airlifted him from the scene to Kalihiwai Beach where awaiting medics transported him to Wilcox Hospital. He was released from care Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred during a high surf advisory that was posted for all north and west facing shores, warning of strong breaking waves and pounding shorelines.

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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