Search suspended for missing spearfisherman off Maui

Search suspended for missing spearfisherman off Maui
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PAIA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rescue crews with the Coast Guard and Maui County have suspended their search for a missing spearfisherman off Maui.

Their hunt for 52-year-old William Scott Stanga began after an emergency call from a friend Friday night.

The Coast Guard says he went spearfishing off the coast in Paia around 5 p.m., and never came back.

After three unsuccessful days of searching, efforts were called off Monday evening.

“We extend our condolences to the Stanga family during this trying time” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Brian, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “These types of cases are always the hardest for all involved and we wish the outcome had been different.”

Crews conducted over 45 searchers for Stanga, which covered 621 square nautical miles.

Mariners who come across signs of a missing person in the area over the coming days are still urged to contact authorities.

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