MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Coast Guard's search for a missing diver ended when a body was located 23 miles southeast of Nawilliwilli on Friday.
A commercial tug transiting from Kauai to Oahu noticed a strobe light at 5:20 a.m. Friday, which was attached to JJ Jackson's bouyancy control device. Jackson was not with the equipment. The location of the dive gear prompted a redirection of assets into a new search area.
At 1:17 p.m., a body fitting the description of Jackson was recovered by a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Kauai and transported to Nawilliwilli Harbor. The body was turned over to city officials and positive identification is pending.
Assets that participated in the 4-day search were Coast Guard Cutters Kittiwake and Galveston Island, Response Boat-Medium crews from Station Kauai and Station Honolulu, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Air Station Barbers Point. A Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel also assisted in addition to crews from the Honolulu Fire Department.
On-scene assets completed 62 sorties, searched a total of 7,292 square miles and deployed two self-locating datum marker buoys.
Honolulu Ocean Safety officials also assisted in the search efforts. Crews utilized a jet ski for majority of the search, along with guards searching from towers.