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Missing paddle boarder found safe off Ewa Beach

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[Update 8 a.m.]

EMS officials said they transported Bode to an area hospital -- which is Queen's Medical Center West -- in serious but stable condition, not because he suffered any physical trauma, but because he spent several hours at sea overnight without food and water. Coast Guard officials said Bode told them he lost his paddle.

[Update 7:10 a.m.]

Niel Bode, the missing Seattle man who failed to return after paddle boarding on Wednesday, was found in waters at around 6:45 a.m. about 3.5 nautical miles south of Ewa Beach, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. He is "alive and well," officials said.

His two stepbrothers, who live on Oahu, have been notified and said they were "elated" that the Coast Guard found him alive and well. "It's an unbelievable story," Joshua Wallace, one of his stepbrothers, said. "I had given up on him when I went to bed last night and felt terrible, and now I feel great."

Wallace said Bode's mother is expected to fly in from Seattle around 11:30  a.m. 

[Original story]

The U.S. Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Honolulu Police Department are searching for a 32-year-old Seattle man who did not return after he went paddle boarding in waters off Waikiki.

Authorities said Niel Bode rented a paddle board and went out at Waikiki Beach around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

A family member called for emergency responders when the man did not return to bring back the rented board. He left behind his wallet, keys and cell phone. Authorities said Bode was emotionally distraught prior to heading out to sea.

HFD personnel and Coast Guard crews searched the beach and in the water, using a rescue boat and helicopter. Honolulu firefighters are checking the shoreline and near shore waters Thursday morning and their helicopter is expected to resume aerial searches throughout the day. 

He is described as Caucasian, around 5'8" and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing board shorts at the time. The paddle board is aqua green with a black top. He also had a red paddle. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police. 

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