The U.S. Coast Guard are continuing to search near Kaena Point Thursday for a missing Coast Guardsman.
Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews, 36, is an aviation survival technician from Air Station Barbers Point.
Police say he is emotionally distraught and his friends and family are concerned for his welfare. He was last seen on Tuesday at around 4:30 p.m. in the Pupukea area driving a 2005 Subaru.
His car was discovered in a parking lot on the Mokuleia side of Kaena Point at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Honolulu Police Department initiated a search of the area early Wednesday morning. The Honolulu Fire Department conducted an aerial, shoreline and offshore search for Matthews.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point deployed to assist in the search at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday. Two additional Dolphin searches have been conducted. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island is searching offshore and a five member team from Coast Guard Station Honolulu has conducted a shoreline search.
On scene conditions are clear sky, calm winds and 20-to-30-foot breaking surf. It is not known if Matthews entered the water at Kaena Point Park.
"We are actively searching the area around Kaena Point by air, land and sea in close coordination with local first responders," said Capt. Timothy Gilbride, Commanding Officer of Air Station Barbers Point. "In this difficult time we are providing our fullest support to the family, friends and coworkers of Petty Officer Matthews and ask that anyone with information as to his whereabouts contact authorities."
Matthews has been stationed at Air Station Barbers Point since 2007 and has been in the Coast Guard since 1997.
He is 6-feet-tall, weighing 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Matthews was last seen wearing a t-shirt, surf shorts, a dark-colored hat and sunglasses.
Individuals with any information are asked to contact the Honolulu Police Department by dialing 911 or the Coast Guard Sector Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
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