Search continues for missing teen

The search for John “J.J.” Dacuycuy, 17, a Kapa‘a High School senior missing since Saturday afternoon, was to resume at 8 a.m. today, officials said.

He got sucked into deep water off Marine Camp near Wailua Golf Course, and family members, Kaua‘i Fire Department of U.S. Coast Guard rescuers scoured the shoreline areas from Ahukini to Wailua Bay yesterday.

The search for a missing 9-year-old visitor has been suspended, county officials said.

The visitor, who has not been identified, was pulled seaward while swimming in Anahola Bay.

Kaua‘i Fire Department rescue specialists were to resume their search for Dacuycuy today.

If ocean conditions improve, KFD divers will also join in the search efforts, said county spokeswoman Mary Daubert in a press release.

The search for the missing visitor at Anahola has been suspended. If new evidence surfaces to warrant a renewal of the search, KFD rescue specialists will be assigned this task, said Daubert.

The search for the Colorado visitor ended at noon yesterday off Anahola Beach Park. KFD Battalion Chief Shawn Hosaka said that nothing was found by U.S. Coast Guard or KFD personnel.

He said that the Coast Guard and fire department personnel did a very thorough search for the missing visitor, and that the Coast Guard called off its search at noon.

The search for Dacuycuy will continue, although remains washed up at Nukoli‘i late yesterday morning.

In a press release, fire department rescue specialists found remains that were taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for testing.

“It hasn’t been determined whether or not they’re human remains. Medical personnel are continuing with the testing,” said Daubert.

In the same press release, Daubert said that the mother of the Colorado family was still in critical condition at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

The searches started after the visitor and the resident were caught up in choppy seas associated with strong tradewinds, and in 6- to 8-foot swells on Kaua‘i’s East side on Saturday.

At about 11:30 a.m., the Colorado visitor was swimming with his 8-year-old brother at Anahola Bay when they got caught up in strong currents.

Their mother, 32, and a bystander, were able to rescue the younger boy, but when the mother tried to go back for her younger son, she ran into trouble fighting the currents.

The same bystander went out to rescue the woman, who was unresponsive when she was brought out of the water, and was taken to Wilcox. She remained in critical condition yesterday, Daubert said.

County officials did not release the name of any of the visitors, nor the Anahola Samaritan.

The search for the missing 17-year-old started at about an hour after the Anahola incident. The teen was swimming at Marine Camp, an area located between Wailua Golf Course and the Kaua‘i Beach Hotel & Resort.

The high school student ran into trouble while swimming. Two swimmers were able to get to the 17-year-old, but he was torn from their grasp and disappeared.

All three swimmers are from Kapa‘a High School.

• Cynthia Kaneshiro, staff writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or


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