Search suspended for Singaporean man in Kauai waters

Chin, 62, is Kauai's 9th drowning victim of the year

Published  5:49 PM HST Mar 06, 2013

The search for a man from Singapore who was swept out to sea earlier this week was suspended Wednesday afternoon following a three-day, multi-agency effort, according to Kauai county officials.

Phua Chuan Chin, 62, is being reported as Kauai's ninth drowning for 2013.

Chin was one of two men swept out to sea Monday morning while walking the rocky and remote shoreline along Kalihiwai Point, just east of Kalihiwai Bay on the North Shore.

Chin’s body could not be located despite this week’s air, land and sea-based search with a team of rescuers including Kauai lifeguards, firefighters, police and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The second man, 47, from Ohio was able to make it back to shore after being swept out.   Rescue Specialists then airlifted him from the scene to Kalihiwai Beach where awaiting medics transported him to Wilcox Hospital.  He was released from care Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred during a high surf advisory that was posted for all north and west facing shores, warning of strong breaking waves and pounding shorelines.

PHOTOS: Search for missing man on Kauai
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Thomas G. Tamura

Rescue crews started the search for a missing man who was swept into rough waters off Kalihiwai on Monday, March 4, 2013, according to Kauai County officials.


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