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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Coast Guard is calling off its search for a
missing Hilo boater after learning that he is likely no longer on the water.
Richard Gomez, 48, was last seen leaving Hilo on
Friday, September 20th around 10 a.m. in a small boat.
On Sunday, a man fitting his description was seen struggling
with a damaged boat near the shore of Volcanoes National Park. A ranger helped him get out of the water and
left him with nearby campers, according to a representative from the National
Gomez was not officially reported missing at that
time, so the rangers made no report to authorities about seeing him.
When friends of Gomez finally reported he was
missing, the Coast Guard launched a search of the ocean by air, but found
Following the missing person's report, the Park
Ranger shared his encounter with the man he now believed to be Gomez, and the Coast Guard called off its
search, citing the fact that this is no longer an at-sea search.
is still missing Friday afternoon, and is believed to have left the national
He is described as 6 feet tall, 175
pounds and bald with green or hazel eyes.
Hawaii Police Department asks anyone who may have spotted Gomez to call their
nearest police department.