HONOLULU (KHON2) — First responders are searching for 19-year-old Jaren Asalele, of Oahu, who was last seen swimming off the coast of Kauai on Saturday, Oct. 8.
According to officials, Asalele was seen in distress while swimming at Kalihiwai Beach that afternoon. A family member got into the water to look for him and was unable to find him.
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Officials said the missing swimmer went underwater and did not resurface.
Hanalei firefighters, Ocean Safety officers, rescue specialists on a helicopter, police and Coast Guard were all dispatched to search air and sea.
Due to the darkness from nightfall, the search was suspended Saturday night and continued Sunday morning. The search was suspended at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and the search will continue again on Monday.
Asalele was last seen wearing orange swim shorts.
If you have any information about this case, call KPD Dispatch at 808-241-1711. To speak to a county lifeguard at any lifeguard station, visit the Hawaii Beach Safety website.
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There is currently a high surf advisory for all north-facing shores on Kauai.