Loved ones remember missing diver

Gabriel Goes
Gabriel Goes
Andrea Torres
Andrea Torres

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Loved ones of Sergio Goes, the missing diver whose body was found over the weekend off Oahu's south shore, gathered at one of his favorite beaches to reflect on his life.

They met at Kaimana Beach. Among those who came was Goes's six-year-old son, Gabriel.

Like father, like son.  Gabriel Goes can never get enough of the beach his dad has been taking him since he was a baby.

"We swim together and he throws me in the water and I like scream. I like when he throws me in the water because it's fun," he said.

It's that love for the water that ultimately took his father's life. Sergio Goes was free diving off the shores of Waikiki.

Friends say he wanted to take underwater pictures.

Photography was his passion. In fact, the day he went missing, Sergio won the Society of Professional Journalists Photo Essay award.

"I sincerely think that he was done. He left such a beautiful body of work and maybe he was done. Some of us take 80 years to be done with what we have to do here and some of us take 43 years so he did 43," said Andrea Torres, Goes's former wife.

Loved ones remember Sergio as someone who lived on the edge. They say he left the world doing what he loved to do .

The award Sergio received was for his work called 'Celebrations.' It was featured in Honolulu Magazine last November.

Loved ones say they'll most likely scatter Sergio's ashes off the shore of Kaimana beach. A date for the memorial service has not been set yet.