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Crews searching for missing freediver off Champagne Ponds in Kapoho

Fire/rescue crews along with the Coast Guard responded to a 2:41 p.m. alarm Sunday (Oct 25) to the Champagne Ponds/Kapoho Bay area of Puna for a missing freediver.

Missing freediver Amber Savant

Missing freediver Amber Savant

The woman has been identified as 33-year-old Amber Savant of Kona. Savant was spearfishing with a partner when they were caught in a rip current carrying them out during their first dive of the day at about 2:30 p.m. The two swam for shore but Savant was carried out by currents.

Savant has blonde hair, 5-feet 7-inches tall, 140 pounds and was last seen wearing camouflage pants, a black tank top, dive weights and carrying a spear gun. She was last seen about 150 yards offshore near the outer reef break.

The fire department used Chopper One, a jet ski, freedivers and ground crews to search the shoreline, inner and outer reefs and deeper waters until nightfall. The Coast Guard are using an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft to search throughout the night. The 87-foot patrol boat Kittiwake will join the search at first light Monday (Oct 26) along with fire department crews.

The area was experiencing 5 mph winds and 5-foot seas during rescue operations.

Anyone with information about the missing woman should contact the Coast Guard at (808) 842-2600.

My little mermaid 💘 @ambersavant #cressi #wetdogs #divepartner #newsuit #ambersavant #kona #hawaii #wcw

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7 Responses to “Crews searching for missing freediver off Champagne Ponds in Kapoho”

  1. Dawn Anderson says:

    Love you Amber

  2. Kristine says:

    Amber we are sending tons of prayers and positive thoughts for a safe return!!

  3. Kaaihue says:

    Prayers for Amber. Nowadays, I’m just to scared to go into the ocean,
    shark attacks, hungry sharks, radiated ocean water, missing divers, drowning
    victims, scarryyyy.

  4. Tammy says:

    Love you !

  5. Kiwina says:

    Prayers for all of you out there today. Please, God…!!!

  6. Dawn Anderson says:

    Please Lord help them find Amber today. Love and prayers from Tawnya, Taryn and I. xo

  7. Lynne Ketchie says:

    My beautiful precious step daughter Amber. I am heart broken to hear this..I will picture you as the sweetest and most beautiful angel in the arms of God. I love you..Forever..Can’t stop crying..


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