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Rescued boater goes missing, Coast Guard calls off search

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 Park.

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 nothing. 

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.

Gomez is still missing Friday afternoon, and is believed to have left the national park.

He is described as 6 feet tall, 175 pounds and bald with green or hazel eyes.

The Hawaii Police Department asks anyone who may have spotted Gomez to call their nearest police department.


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