Search for 3 missing fishermen enters third day

Day 2 in search for 3 missing fishermen off Oahu North Shore

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The search for three fishermen missing off Oahu's North Shore entered its third day on Wednesday, and crews have expanded their search area to nearly 100 miles offshore.

The three friends went fishing out of Haleiwa Boat Harbor over the weekend, but never returned.

Someone reported to authorities on Tuesday that they found a life jacket floating in the water in Waialua off of Crozier Drive, but the Coast Guard confirmed it is not related.

Missing are Jenson Loo, Clint Oshima and Derek Tomas, all 30 years old.

The three went on a fishing trip early Sunday, and were supposed to be back by 5 p.m. Search crews were deployed when they didn't return.

On Monday, the Coast Guard found their 20-foot fishing vessel about 25 miles offshore. It was overturned, and was subsequently towed back to shore.

Relatives of the three are continuing to hold out hope their loved ones will be found safe.

"We're all still very hopeful and have so much faith in them that they're still fighting," said Loo's younger sister, Aubry Awai.

Oshima's younger brother, Matt, added, "Derek, Jensen, and my brother ... they always talked that if they ever ran into a situation like this, that they'll always stick together no matter what."

"With that being said, they're either gonna find all three of them or they're not gonna find anybody. They're gonna stick together as one."

Family members say they are grateful for everyone who is helping in the search effort.

"We just want to give thanks to the Coast Guard, Navy, friends, family for supporting us. It's hard to handle just knowing they're somewhere out there. But we all know that God's hands are on them. We just hope for the best and have faith," Awai said.

The Coast Guard asks anyone with information that might help them in the search to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

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