Rescue crews looking for missing swimmer off Southeast Kauai

Man last seen near Ninini Beach on north side of Nawiliwili Bay

 UPDATED 10:39 AM HST Feb 27, 2013
HONOLULU -

The Coast Guard is assisting Kauai fire and police departments in the search for a missing swimmer last seen near Ninini Beach, on the north side of Nawiliwili Bay Tuesday.

Kauai fire and police departments began searching at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when the missing man's vehicle was found at the beach.   Both shoreline and water searches have been conducted.

The man was last heard from around noon Tuesday and may have been swimming at the time of his disappearance.

Information from the reporting source indicated the swimmer likely entered the water as part of his normal swimming routine.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification at approximately 9 p.m. and diverted two 47-foot motor life boats from Coast Guard Station Kauai, and Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist in the search through the night. The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi joined efforts at first light Wednesday.

According to the reporting source, the swimmer is a 56 year-old man who is 5-feet-8-inches-tall, weighing 170 pounds and wearing grey shorts.

Anyone able to provide information on the man’s whereabouts is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

According to the National Weather Service, a high surf advisory continues through 6 p.m. Wednesday for all east facing shores with strong tradewinds expected to create rough surf and large breaking waves along the shoreline.

Officials urge all beachgoers to swim within seeing distance of a lifeguard tower and when in doubt, don’t go out!

For a detailed ocean report and list of lifeguarded beaches on Kauai, visit www.kauaiexplorer.com.

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