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Search continues for missing diver off Kaena Point

Search continues for missing diver Nicholas Spotkaeff who was last seen Saturday offshore of Kaena Point. Search continues for missing diver Nicholas Spotkaeff who was last seen Saturday offshore of Kaena Point.
WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On the second day of their search for a missing diver, emergency crews and the Coast Guard were out on an all-out effort by air, land and water to locate the 54-year-old man off the west shore of Oahu. 

The missing diver has been identified as Nicholas Spotkaeff who was last seen around 1 p.m. on Saturday spearfishing with his son about 50 yards offshore of Kaena Point.

Although it's been more than 24 hours, the Coast Guard says it's possible that Spotkaeff could still be swimming. Crews are searching onboard helicopters, boats and jet skis, reportedly following any leads by the Coast Guard who are using computer simulations of the currents to track where the drift might have taken him.

His family and friends are very concerned for his safety and well being.

Spotkaeff's cousin Joel Alverio said that the missing man is an exceptional diver who frequents the area.

"Great fisherman. We're surprised about this, with this diving accident. He's very experienced and everyone is just stunned right now," said Alverio.

Spotkaeff went missing between Mokuleia and Yokohama Bay on the far west end of Oahu on Saturday while diving with his son. A call went in at 2:44 p.m. after he had not been spotted for an hour.

The pair started the dive on the Mokuleia side and were heading toward Kaena Point. The missing diver was last seen offshore of the Kaena Point lighthouse wearing gray and green surf shorts.

A dive floater along with a spear belonging to the man, were found on Saturday about a mile and a half offshore of Haleiwa Harbor. Fishing boat 'Ehukai' found the equipment and transferred them to a Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat.

Crews suspended their search at 6 p.m. Sunday but will resume at first light again on Monday. Officials said aerial and shoreline searches will continue as well as ocean searches on both sides of Mokuleia and Yokohama Bay.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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