Coast Guard locates missing kayakers off Punalu’u Beach

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PUNALU’U, Hawaii (KHON2) — The Coast Guard found two overdue kayakers off Punalu’u Beach, Thursday. 

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An Air Station Barbers Point C-130 Hercules aircrew located the kayakers and air dropped a message block to make contact. The kayakers confirmed they did not need Coast Guard assistance and were not in any distress. 

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report at 6:38 p.m., Wednesday, from a good Samaritan stating she saw the kaykers depart earlier in the day and had not returned though it was sunset.

Upon notification, the watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners asking the public to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake in response. 

Coast Guard crews are searching for two overdue kayakers on Hawaii Island.

The man and woman were last seen in a yellow two-person kayak off Punalu’u Beach, around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

They were reported missing just after 6:30 Wednesday night.

The man and woman are believed to be around 50 years old and wearing yellow personal flotation devices.

If you have any information, call the Coast Guard.

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