Singapore man missing in Kauai waters

No sign of Chin, 62, on Tuesday

Published  4:22 PM HST Mar 05, 2013

Tuesday’s search for a man who was swept into the ocean off Kalihiwai Point turned up no sign of him and will continue Wednesday, according to Kauai County officials.

Police have identified the man as Phua Chuan Chin, 62, of the Republic of Singapore.

Fire rescue crews and the U.S. Coast Guard continued an aerial search Tuesday from Waikoko to the K?lauea Lighthouse.  Jet skis assisted in a sea-based search with personnel from the Kauai Fire Department and the Ocean Safety Bureau, concentrating on the area in and around Kalihiwai Bay.

Detectives with the Kauai Police Department also conducted a visual search of the shoreline near the area where the incident occurred.

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.


Mobile users can click here for a slideshow of search photos.

According to witnesses, Chin was with three other individuals while walking along the rocky shoreline at around 11:30 a.m. Monday near Kalihiwai Point, just east of the Kalihiwai Bay, when he and another man where swept into the ocean by a powerful wave.

The second man  was able to make it back to shore and was airlifted via Air 1 out of the area.  He was transported to Wilcox Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.

The incident occurred in a remote location along Kauai’s North Shore during a high surf advisory.

During a high surf advisory, the National Weather Service reports that pounding shore breaks and strong rip currents will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers are urged to enter the water near a lifeguard tower. For a detailed ocean report and list of lifeguarded beaches on Kauai, visit

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