A high school football player is missing at sea. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Sunday night it's suspending its search, but firefighters will be back out in the morning to continue looking.
Dayne Ortiz went fishing with his family on Saturday from shore in Mokuleia, but then his fishing line got tangled, so he hopped in a kayak and went out to try and untangle it.
The surf was really rough and he got knocked out of his kayak and disappeared.
Dozens of friends and family members gathered at a beach called Polo Field, hoping for good news regarding Ortiz's disappearance.
Meanwhile, the Honolulu Fire Department and Coast Guard rescue crews used every resource they had including helicopters, jet skis, and divers.
"Once we got on scene to assist the family and we continued the search, and had to suspend the search about 9:30 p.m. last night," Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Carlton Yamada said.
When the search resumed at dawn on Sunday, even more resources were brought to the search effort.
"Not only do we have our same fire resources out here, we also have Ocean Safety that brought along two jet skis, and their operators. We also have DLNR that has their boat offshore just outside the surf break, and we also have the U.S. Coast Guard," Capt. Yamada said.
This area is known as Polo Field. The beach is postcard perfect, but the ocean can be deceptive.
"Currents rip on these inside channels and sometimes they can be unforgiving," North Shore resident Cliff Casef said.
Winter is coming to the North Shore and while surf on Sunday was a bit rough, Captain Yamada and Casef said Saturdays was even worse.
"It's a washing machine out there right now. So yeah, it's hard," Casef said.
The missing kayaker Ortiz plays cornerback for the Farrington High School football team.
"Honestly, I had a hard time getting up this morning, just thinking about him. I know the family must be feeling much worse. Just want to send that out to the people, if we can just send our prayers and comfort for the family of Dayne Ortiz," Farrington High School head football coach Randall Okimoto said.
Late Sunday afternoon, fabric from Ortiz's swim trunks was found by divers.
The family confirmed it was from him. The search continued until 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
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