Crews end search for Kalihi teen swept away off Mokuleia

Dayne Ortiz
Dayne Ortiz
Bo Sison
Bo Sison

MOKULEIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The agonizing search to find a missing Farrington High School football player swept out to sea on the North Shore has ended. Rescuers called off their efforts to find Dayne Ortiz, 18, on Tuesday night.

Farrington's football team held a somber practice in Mokuleia. Players headed to the beach afterwards to be with Ortiz's family when authorities ended the search.

"They offered to come out here and show respect for Dayne and I think Dayne wouldn't have it any other way," said Bo Sison, Ortiz's uncle.

Lifeguards and fire rescue crews spent the day combing the coastline one last time. They sent out snorkelers, scuba divers, and personnel on jet skis.

"The currents and tides may cause things to surface and appear where they weren't prior. So we want to be as thorough as we can," said Capt. Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Ortiz was fishing with his family on Saturday when his kayak overturned in choppy surf.

"This is what he loved, though. He loved his fishing, his hunting, he hunted wild boars. He went fishing and diving all the time," said Lolita Servantes, Ortiz's grandmother.

The Ortiz family is grateful for the overwhelming support from the high school and the community. Friends of the senior said he had turned his life around.

"We had histories, on and off. Battle of gang fights and stuff, but it has come to an end that we both matured enough," said teammate Motu Heimuli.

"He has come a long way as a gentleman, as a man, so whether it was good or bad, it doesn't really matter. What matters now is the impact he has made upon this community," said Sison.

Ortiz is survived by his parents, brother and grandparents. The family is still working on plans for a memorial service.

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