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Polihale park closed, search on for missing swimmer

  • Photo courtesy County of Kauai

    A shark cruises in the waters off Polihale State Park on Wednesday.

POLIHALE — Multiple agencies were searching for a missing Kalaheo man in waters off Polihale State Park on Wednesday. The park was also closed due to reports of sharks in the area.

The missing person’s identity has not been released.

According to a preliminary report, Kauai Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a missing swimmer at Polihale State Park on Tuesday about 7:30 p.m. A witness reported that the swimmer apparently failed to resurface after ducking into the water, about 10 feet from shore.

Waimea and PMRF firefighters responded to the area. Upon arrival, crews initiated a shoreline search and were joined by Rescue 3 and the on-duty battalion Chief. Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard also mobilized water and air assets to assist with the search.

Due to darkness, the search was suspended about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with no sign of the missing swimmer.

As of late Wednesday, the search continued.

A county spokesman said the beach would remain closed today.

3 Comments
  1. tunataxi July 24, 2019 3:04 pm Reply

    What is the reasoning for closing miles of beach for a missing swimmer. Wouldn’t it be better if people were there should they come ashore ?


    1. Someone from kauai July 31, 2019 9:27 pm Reply

      14 sharks we spotted in the area. Of course they would close the beach


  2. Rev Dr. Malama July 25, 2019 10:11 am Reply

    Very important to witness the Amakua and Akua lele, as signs of Spiritual life is alive and well in Hawai’i Nei…..
    Feel the MANA OF POLIHALE!
    IT IS A PLACE WHERE SOULS EXIT THE PHYSICAL WORLD AND MUST BE RESPECTED.


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