The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:06 p.m. this evening for a missing fisherman at Mokuleia Beach Park in Waialua. Eight units staffed with approximately 16 personnel responded. The first unit arrived at the reported location at 9:26 p.m. and met with the missing fisherman’s friend to gather more information.
It was reported to fire fighters that the missing fisherman, a 49-year-old male, was last seen at about 9 p.m. while checking on a lay net approximately 20 yards offshore.
The HFD’s Air 3 retrieved two rescue specialists from a landing zone at the nearby Dillingham Airfield and conducted an aerial search. Rescue specialists also launched surfboards to conduct a search offshore and fire fighters conducted a shoreline search.
At 10:59 p.m., fire fighters located the missing fisherman in the shorebreak approximately 500 yards (towards Kaena Point) from where he was last reported missing and confirmed that he was pulseless, not breathing and unresponsive. Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and Emergency Medical Services were notified and arrived on scene at 11:09 p.m.
At 11:51 p.m., all HFD personnel were accounted for and the scene was transferred over to HPD, who were standing by for the Medical Examiner Office.