Search suspended for missing fisherman off Kaalualu Bay

Search suspended for missing fisherman off Kaalualu Bay

NAALEHU, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended the four-day-long search for a man who went missing in the waters of Kaalualu Bay off the Big Island.

After searching a total more than 1,615 square miles, the Coast Guard could not locate 48-year-old Shane Romena, who was last seen 6 p.m. Monday.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to Romena's family and friends during this difficult time," said Senior Chief Brian Wear, a command duty officer at the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said Romena was fishing with his 10-year-old son and fell into the water while trying to clean a cooler. That's when the boy lost sight of his dad.

The boy was airlifted to safety and was not injured.

Family members said Romena always fishes in the area.

Romena was last seen wearing green and red shorts and was not wearing a shirt. He is described as 6'2" and approximately 180 pounds.

The Hawaii Fire Department and the Hawaii Police Department are also assisting in the search.

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