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Opihi picker missing

Hawaii County emergency teams have been searching for a man reported missing near Cape Kumukahi.

The man was identified by the U.S. Coast Guard as Peter Mahoe. Mahoe was last seen sometime between noon and 2 p.m. Thursday climbing down the cliff face at Cape Kumukahi in Kapoho. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, fire department and Hawaii Police department spent Friday and Saturday searching for Mahoe, but turned up no sign of the missing man.

According to a report from the fire department, a chopper conducted an aerial shoreline search Saturday approximately 1 mile north to 3 miles south of the last known point. A rescue boat conducted dive operations approximately 1.5 miles north and south of the last known point, but found no sign of Mahoe despite more than 13 hours of searching, according to the department.

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, Mahoe’s all-terrain vehicle was found 200 feet from the area he was last seen. His family was also camping close by.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point were launched to search along with the crew of the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, homeported in Hilo, along with crews from Hawaii County.

Mahoe is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, has shoulder length brown hair and was reported to be wearing blue boardshorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.


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