(ABOVE PHOTO) Photo by Shane Turpin of the helicopter searching the waters off Pohoiki, taken from the parking lot of Isaac Hale Beach Park.
UPDATE (Saturday – Oct. 4) The Hawaii County Fire Department reports that after another day of searching, rescue operations have been terminated. The county says this was the fourth and final day.
- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a fisherman who went missing Wednesday near Pohoiki Bay, Hawaii, however the Hawaii County Fire Department said it would continue looking for the 65 year old man at first light Saturday.
- The U.S. Coast Guard identified the missing fisherman as Charles Rosecranes. Rosecranes was making engine repairs to the 15-foot boat he and his friend were operating when he reportedly fell overboard, according to the Coast Guard.
- Crews from the Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department conducted an extensive search of the area, covering 754 square miles for approximately 41 hours. SCUBA dive operations were conducted in and around Pohoiki Bay.
“The suspension of our active search effort is always a difficult decision and is not made lightly,” said Chief Petty Officer Dustin Costa, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, in a Friday media release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”