Officials suspend search for Makapuu swimmer who disappeared 4 days ago
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities have suspended their search for a swimmer who disappeared in waters off Makapuu on Monday afternoon.
The Honolulu Fire Department said Malik Dobson was climbing on the rocks near the lighthouse side of Makapuu Beach Park when a wave knocked him down and swept him into the water.
HFD, the US Coast Guard and the Navy have been searching for the 23-year-old but have only found his personal belongings near the area he was last seen.
On Wednesday, HFD did not specify what items were found but did positively identify the belongings were Dobson’s.
Officials said strong tradewinds over the past week have whipped up a large east swell, making the search difficult.
“Obviously you look behind me the waves crashing along the mountain edge, and how difficult it is to get in there, and do a search in those conditions,” said Lt. Kawika Eckart of Honolulu Ocean Safety.
“So that has been one of our challenges, is getting into all those cracks and crevices, combing the lighthouse and searching for this person.”
Authorities said active search efforts will be suspended pending further developments.
Dobson’s family thanked the first responders and loved ones who have helped with the search.
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