Search area for missing mariner encompasses more than 2,600 miles

Coast Guard, good Samaritans searching large area for mariner who fell overboard

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The search for a mariner who fell overboard off Oahu on Sunday while trying to reel in a fish continued into its fourth day on Wednesday.

Matthew Moribe (Image: Facebook)
Matthew Moribe (Image: Facebook)

The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are scouring a search area that now spans more than 2,600 miles.

Just before noon Sunday, 39-year-old Matthew Moribe’s wife radioed for help after her husband fell overboard while he was trying to reel in a fish on his 18-foot pleasure craft, Coast Guard officials said.

“She secured the engine. Went in to get the life jacket to throw to him. When she came out on deck again he was not seen,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West. “She notified us very quickly.”

Moribe was wearing a long-sleeve gray shirt and boots when he fell overboard.

He was not wearing a life jacket, but is reportedly a good swimmer.

West said the focus of the search was initially about 24 miles south of Oahu, where Moribe was last seen.

People who know Moribe are all in disbelief. They say he is a very knowledgeable and experienced waterman.

He’s also a crew chief in the Air National Guard ― and married his wife, Cherie, just last month.

The Coast Guard confirms it's using floating data monitors in an attempt to narrow its search.

West said those monitors “help verify the current, the direction of the current so we get a better understanding of where the current and where anything is in the water may end up.”

There was a small craft advisory in effect at the time of the accident. It remains in effect until Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information on the mariner is asked to call 808-842-2600.

Coast Guard and good Samaritans continue the search for missing fisherman

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