Search Underway for Missing Teen Swept to Sea

July 5, 2012, 5:19 AM HST · Updated July 5, 12:31 PM
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By Wendy Osher

A search resumes this morning for a missing 15-year-old boy who was swept out to sea on Big Island yesterday.

The incident was reported at 5:30 p.m. in an area where the boy was hiking along the shoreline near the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay.

Initial reports indicate the teen was with a group of people who stopped to rest in a tide pool, when waves swept the boy away.

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The Coast Guard searched for the missing boy throughout the night.  The fire department was scheduled to return at first light today with a helicopter, rescue boat and dive teams.

The search area is located from the shoreline to a point about five miles out to sea.

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