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Search underway for missing fisherman near Kaalualu Bay in Ka‘u

UPDATED (8:30 p.m. on 7/4/2017)

Fire and Coast Guard crews spent a second day searching for missing fisherman Shane Romena Tuesday (July 4) near the coastline of Ka‘alu‘alu Bay.

The search resumed at daybreak with ground crews searching the shoreline areas, dive teams searching the water near the area where the fisherman fell into the ocean. The fire department’s Chopper One, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a C-130 aircraft and Coast Guard cutter searched the ocean up to three miles offshore.

Crews found nothing and the search was suspended due to darkness. The search will resume at first light Wednesday (July 5). The Coast Guard cutter is remaining offshore in the area overnight.

Coast Guard update on missing fisherman

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching for a man in the water in the vicinity of Ka‘alu‘alu Bay on Hawaii Island, Monday.

Missing is Shane Romena, 48-years-old.

Roena was reportedly last seen wearing green and red shorts and was not wearing a shirt. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and approximately 180 lbs.

Anyone with information about the location of Romena is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is currently searching the area and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, homeported in Honolulu, is en route to assist in the search.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers shortly after 6 p.m., stating Roena’s 10-year-old son had witnessed him fall into the water while trying to clean a cooler and he lost sight of him shortly after. The two were reportedly out fishing.

Two helicopter crews from the Hawai’i Fire Department conducted initial searches of the area but did not locate Romena. His son was airlifted from the rocky shoreline by HFD and brought to a designated landing zone where he was picked up by his grandmother.

Weather conditions on scene are reported as 40 mph winds, seas to 8 feet with a 3-foot swell.

More information will be released once it becomes available.

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