Search continues for missing diver

  • Nelson Kupenes

‘ELE‘ELE — Multiple agencies continued on Tuesday to search for 47-year-old Nelson Kupenes of Waimea.

According to a preliminary report, Kaua‘i Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a missing diver on Monday at approximately 7:50 a.m. According to the report, the diver was last seen preparing for a dive Sunday afternoon at Glass Beach in ‘Ele‘ele.

Personnel with the Kaua‘i Police Department led Tuesday’s search efforts, in collaboration with KFD, KFD’s Ocean Safety Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard. All those agencies responded on Monday as well.

KFD deployed firefighters from the Hanapepe fire station to conduct a land search from Hanapepe Bay to Wahiawa Bay. Air searches were conducted from Hanapepe Bay to Wahiawa Bay.

The search remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the missing diver is urged to call KPD dispatch at 241-1711.

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