In search for missing fishermen, 2 bodies and overturned vessel found off Kauai

In search for missing fishermen, 2 bodies found off Kauai
(Image:Chris Jensen)
(Image:Chris Jensen)
(Image: Kauai Police Department)
(Image: Kauai Police Department)

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A day after the search for three fishermen who went missing off Oahu's North Shore was suspended, officials have found two bodies in waters off Kauai.

The Kauai Police Department says it is working to positively identify the bodies and notify family, and that officials believe the two bodies are from the trio of missing fishermen.

One body was recovered Friday afternoon, about two to three miles off Anahola. A fisherman notified the Kauai Fire Department of an unresponsive male body shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. The second body was spotted at approximately 5:30 p.m. abut two miles off Wailua.

Shortly after discovering the first body, crews also located an overturned vessel about half-mile away. The vessel is believed to be the boat that went missing off Haleiwa over the weekend.

The three fishermen -- friends Klint Oshima, 36, Jenson Loo, 30, and Derek Tomas, 30 -- launched out of Haleiwa Boat Harbor over the weekend, but never returned. On Monday, their capsized fishing boat was found about 25 miles offshore.

Both bodies were brought to Waikaea Small Boat Ramp at about 7 p.m.

KPD also says a life jacket was found in the water roughly five miles off Port Allen on Friday morning by a boater. The life jacket was confirmed to be from the vessel that went missing off Haleiwa over the weekend.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 18,000 square nautical miles by air and by sea, but found no other sign of the men. And the search was suspended Thursday.

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