Search Launched for Missing Free Diver, Josh Goodwin Near Hāna, Maui
Personnel from the Coast Guard, Maui Police Department and Maui Fire Department are searching for a missing free diver near Hāna, Maui, Friday.
Missing is 41-year-old Josh Goodwin. Goodwin was last seen wearing a blue shirt and is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall with dark hair.
Goodwin was last seen on shore near Hāna and was expected to swim out to meet a friend approximately 200 yards away offshore, but never arrived.
At approximately 11 a.m., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to conduct a search along with the crew of the USCGC Kittiwake, homeported out of Honolulu. Air assets and divers from the Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department are also assisting in the search.
An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast has been issued alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Maui overheard police department scanner traffic from central dispatch at 9:30 a.m., regarding a missing free diver. After confirming with Maui Police Department personnel that there was a missing diver, Station Maui relayed the information to Sector Honolulu.
Anyone with information that may help locate the free diver is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at (808) 842-2600.
Weather conditions are currently reported as 17 mph winds with waves at 6 feet and approximately 9 miles of visibility.
Maui Police Issue Missing Person Notification
Maui police have also issued a missing person notification on Friday afternoon involving Goodwin.
Maui Police say Goodwin was last seen on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 in the area of mile marker 41 in Kīpahulu. At this time, efforts to locate Goodwin have been unsuccessful and his current whereabouts are unknown.
MISSING PERSON INFORMATION:
Age: 41 years old
Weight: 240 lbs.
Should Mr. Goodwin be located, please contact Detective Gordon Sagun at (808) 244-6425 or call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 244-6400. If it is an emergency, please call 911. Do not attempt to hold or detain Mr. Goodwin for Police.