Kealakekua search update, Sunday July 8

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NAPOOPOO, Hawaii: The search continues for a 15 year old boy who was swept out to sea by large waves at Ka’awaloa near Kealakekua Bay.

The Coast Guard Hawaii identified the missing boy as Tyler Madoff of White Plains, New York. The boy was with a guided kayak tour while traveling in Hawaii with a youth group. He and others were said to have been exploring tidal pools near the Captain Cook monument when a large wave surged upon them. (video top right)

Another 15 year old boy was seriously injured during the incident, and Madoff has been missing ever since.

In a fire dispatch issued on Saturday evening, it was reported that an aerial search 2 miles offshore from Keauhou to Hookena was conducted over the weekend.

SCUBA divers conducted dives 500 yards North of the last known point and to Captain Cook Monument.

There is also a ground search from Captain Cook Monument to 500 yards North of last known point.

Although a previous fire dispatch identified the missing boy as Madoff, the most recent dispatch calls him “John Doe” and now categorizes the incident as fatal.

A press conference is reportedly scheduled for this morning. The parents of missing Madoff are expected to provide a comment to the media about the tragic situation.

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