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Search for teen swept into ocean in Kealakekua continues for a fourth day


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By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The search for Tyler Madoff, who was swept into the ocean by a wave just outside Kealakekua Bay Wednesday, continued on Saturday (July 7).

Madoff, a student at Scarsdale High School in White Plains, N.Y., and another teen, from Florida, reportedly were on a trip operated by Bold Earth Teen Adventures with 12-14 other teens. Both were swept into the ocean Wednesday afternoon by high surf. The other teen was picked up by a boat nearby, Madoff has not been located.

Hawaii county fire department crews conducted an aerial search Saturday from Keauhou to Hookena and two mile offshore. SCUBA divers searched 500 yards North offshore from the Napoopoo Lighthouse where Madoff was last seen and to the Captain Cook Monument.

Ground crews searched from the Captain Cook Monument to 500 yards North of the lighthouse.

The Madoff family is expected to make a public statement Sunday morning.

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