Rescuers Search For Missing Fisherman

Karl Okamoto
Karl Okamoto

HALONA BLOWHOLE (KHNL) - The Honolulu Fire Department was called to East Oahu Thursday morning to help locate a missing fisherman.

Crews were called after a man was first seen fishing from a ledge this morning. When another fisherman went to join him, the man could not be located but his fishing gear was found nearby.

"After a while about 40 minutes later he never come out. I never see him around so that's when I decided for call the police," said fisherman Karl Okamoto

The Honolulu Fire Department requested Coast Guard assistance with the search for the missing man.  Crews searched both by air and on the ground.

Crews searched along the coast from Makapuu Point to Haunama Bay and offshore five miles. Fire department crews are also searching the shoreline and in-shore areas.

The Coast Guard intends to continue searching through the night with the 110-foot cutter and a helicopter and crew.

The 60-year-old male Oahu resident was reported missing to the Honolulu Police Department by a local Good Samaritan at about 8:20 a.m. The man is described as about 5-foot, 7-inches tall, 135-pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Searchers do not have a description of his clothing. Anyone who has information that may benefit the searchers should contact either the Coast Guard at 842-2600 or Fire Department at 9-1-1.