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.