Coast Guard suspends search for missing Kauai diver

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing 26-year-old Kauai man.

Theobhlius Erakdrik went missing Saturday evening after spearfishing in waters off ‘Anini beach.

According to a preliminary report, Kaua‘i Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a missing diver at ‘Anini Beach on Sunday morning at approximately 1:40 a.m. Witnesses reported that a fellow diver apparently went missing after their dive party worked their way back to the channel.

Kauai Police Department personnel and Hanalei firefighters responded to the area. Upon arrival, crews initiated a shoreline search and were joined by Rescue 3 and the on-duty Battalion Chief. KPD officers also searched the surrounding road.

The Coast Guard conducted 34 searches covering 465-square-miles, using aircraft and boats and enlisting the help of the Kauai Fire and Ocean Safety Departments.

Erakdrik was reported missing by his cousin, who was also spearfishing that day.

Theobhlius Erakdrik has yet to be located despite a three-day air-, land-, and sea-based search with a team of rescuers including Kauai firefighters, lifeguards, police, U.S. Navy, DLNR, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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