Kauai Fire Department suspends search for third missing fisherman

Family of missing fishermen speak out after bodies recovered in Kauai
Matt Oshima, Klint Oshima's brother (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Matt Oshima, Klint Oshima's brother (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai Fire Department's Air 1 continued its search Sunday for the possible third fisherman missing since last weekend.

However, the search yielded no sign of the third fisherman, which led the KFD to announce Sunday evening that it has suspended its search.

The families have been notified.

Klint Oshima, Jenson Loo and Derek Tomas never returned from their fishing trip off Oahu's north shore on July 3rd.

On Friday, firefighters recovered two bodies off Kauai's east shore -- a day after the search was officially called off by the US Coast Guard.

"My first thoughts were I just hope it's not another boat that no other family has to go through what we're going through," said Matt Oshima, Klint Oshima's younger brother..

Near the bodies, Kauai Firefighters discovered an overturned boat.

Officials could not confirm if it was that of the missing fishermen, but photos show similarities to the one spotted by the Coast Guard off Oahu on Monday.

"As myself making an assumption, it does look exactly like the boat," Oshima said. "As of today an hour ago, the boat has drifted past Waimea in Kauai."

Kauai Firefighters brought both bodies back to Waika'ea Small Boat Harbor in Kapa'a Friday night and continued the search for the third fisherman on Saturday and Sunday. Despite efforts, there was no sign of the third fisherman.

"We're accepting it as it is, because it's such a helpless feeling that we're just letting it ride out," said Oshima.

As families await autopsy results, Oshima is asking the public for prayers and respect during this difficult time.

"The support everyone has given us, it's unreal and surreal," he said. "I just don't want anyone to jump to conclusions saying 'oh yeah that's our guys or that isn't our guys,' just let the officials do what they do best."

A Kauai official said autopsies will be performed Tuesday.

Officials say there are no plans to recover the overturned boat.

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