Search for swimmer ends

County and Coast Guard rescuers suspended their searches Monday for a swimmer who went missing Sunday evening near Larsen’s Beach.

Roy Overstreet, 42, of Bellingham, Wash., was swept out to sea around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, along with his wife, Cara Jaye, 42, and 56-year-old Michael Ancharski, of Kapahi, who attempted to help the couple.

Jaye and Ancharski made it to the shore. Overstreet did not.

According to Petty Officer Luke Clayton, the Coast Guard stopped its search at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Clayton said that windy conditions prevented crews from continuing throughout the night, as previously planned.

Mary Daubert, county spokeswoman, said the Kaua‘i Fire Department called off its active search at 4:15 p.m. Monday, transitioning to a passive search.

Both decisions could change pending new information. Clayton said that in the event of a sighting, the Coast Guard would work with Kaua‘i’s Fire Department to resume a rescue or recovery effort.

“Suspending the search for a person is never an easy decision,” Coast Guard Cmdr. Barry Compagnoni said in a prepared statement. “… We always want to have a successful outcome in a search and reunite loved ones; unfortunately, that didn’t happen in this particular case.”

Coast Guard crews covered an area the size of Moloka‘i off of Kilauea Point using a C-130 search plane and HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter. A collective four flights added up to roughly 26 hours of flight time, according to the statement.

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