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Loved ones of missing swimmer scan the horizon of Makapuu Beach for a second night

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 7:55 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 10:31 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family and friends of a young swimmer who was swept away in east Oahu are asking for prayers as crews continue to search the area.

Officials identified the missing man as Malik Dobson. His family said he was just about to turn 24 years old.

“Everybody who knows Malik, loves Malik and he’s one of a kind,” said long-time family friend, Randy Cain. “And we want him back and we’re we’re not going to stop looking for him.”

The Honolulu Fire Department said Dobson was climbing on the rocks when a wave swept him into the water near the lighthouse side of Makapuu Beach Park around 3:45 p.m. Monday.

“He was seen about 100 feet offshore and then wasn’t seen again,” said Honolulu Fire Captain Malcolm Medrano.

Ocean Safety officials said he was seen swimming and trying to get out of the current.

“The current really rips down then out toward the point, the lighthouse, so he was trying to get out on the rocks and probably was swept back in and that was our last known position to begin the search,” Ocean Safety Chief John Titchen said.

Officials said he was a moderate swimmer, but the waves were rough for south-facing shores. There were also strong currents and wind.

As the search for the missing swimmer entered its second day, Medrano said operations began at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

HFD and Ocean Safety lifeguards looked near the shoreline.

“Honolulu Fire Department inserted four scuba divers,” said Medrano.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy searched further off shore.

“The drift buoys ended up going along the Alan Davis area near Sandy Beach and Hanauma Bay area,” said Medrano.

“It’s been super encouraging to see the helicopters from the Navy, Coast Guard, the jet skis, the divers all out there looking for our son or nephew or brother or friend. We’re grateful for it,” said Cain. “We’re all just staying hopeful right now.”

Dobson was described as wearing a black rash guard, and blue striped shorts. He didn’t have fins or a board with him.

Ocean Safety said they made multiple rescues Monday from the dangerous surf on south- and east-facing shores. They made more than 50 rescues and gave more than 1,000 warnings.

This story will be updated.

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