UPDATE: On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) resumed search operations at 5:00 a.m. for a missing swimmer near the lighthouse-side of Makapuu Beach Park. A coordinated action plan was created with the input from the HFD, Ocean Safety & Lifeguard Services Division (OSLSD), United States Coast Guard, and United States Navy. The action plan tasked the HFD and OSLSD with searching underwater and along the shoreline while the Coast Guard and Navy handled the offshore search based on computer-aided drift models and buoys.
HFD’s Rescue 1 inserted four divers with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus or scuba gear to perform an underwater search along the coastline of the Makapuu area. The HFD’s Air 3 and Drone 1 also performed an aerial search of the shoreline and continued along the coastline while the OSLSD personnel searched with rescue watercraft and rescue swimmers.
Other assets and personnel that assisted with the search further offshore included a Coast Guard HC-130 airplane, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and the Cutter Joseph Gerczak. The Navy also provided a helicopter and aircrew to join the Coast Guard with the offshore efforts.
Search operations were suspended at 6:00 p.m. due to limited visibility and will resume at first light on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.