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Coast Guard, local agencies continue search for missing swimmer off Waimea Bay

Coast Guard, local agencies continue search for missing swimmer off Waimea Bay, MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Barbers Point
Archive image: the crew aboard U.S. Coast Guard USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) refuels an MH-65 Dolphin from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Weydert.

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, working with local agencies, is continuing the search for 20-year-old Swedish national, Hanna Wänerskog, Saturday.

Upon further investigation, responders now understand​ Wänerskog was standing on​ the beach with two other people when all three were overcome by a wave and swept out. The two people with her made it back to shore.​

The search for​ Wänerskog is ongoing.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the public and ask they keep a safe distance from the search area between Waimea Bay and Haleiwa,” said ​ Lt. j.g. Seth Gross, command duty officer, Sector Honolulu Command Center. “Vessels and aircrafts not specifically involved in the search, but operating in the search area, can impede our efforts by forcing responders to deviate from their search patterns to avoid a collision or​ waste time redirecting traffic.”

Coast Guard, local agencies continue search for missing swimmer off Waimea Bay, US Navy MH-60R Seahawk  "Easyriders" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37
Archive image: KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Nov. 26, 2019) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the «Easyriders» of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, fly in formation around the Island of Oahu Nov. 26. HSM 37, stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, is the largest expeditionary squadron in the U.S. Navy and supports all Pearl Harbor-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missle destroyers and Ticonderoga-class guided-missle cruisers.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aja B. Jackson.

An approved FAA temporary flight restriction of 1,000 feet and below is in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Involved in the search are:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364) crew
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Hart (WPC 1134) crew
  • U.S. Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew
  • Hawaii Fire Department helicopter and rescue rig crews
  • Hawaii Police Department Helicopter crews
  • Off-duty Ocean Safety members
Coast Guard, local agencies continue search missing swimmer off Waimea Bay, US Coast Guard Cutter William Hart
Archive image: the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Hart (WPC 1134) passes by Diamond Head on its way to its homeport in Honolulu Aug. 17, 2019. William Hart is the last of the three fast-response cutters (FRCs) to be stationed in Hawaii. Three more are scheduled to be homeported in Guam, increasing the Coast Guard 14th District’s total number of FRCs to six.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sherri Eng.

​ At 7:35 p.m. Friday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Hawaii Fire Department stating beachgoers reported Wänerskog getting caught in a current.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) Notice to mariners and directed the launch of additional assets.​

Coast Guard, local agencies continue search missing swimmer off Waimea Bay, US Coast Guard Cutter Ahi
Archive image: the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364), an 87-foot patrol boat, are shown returning to Coast Guard Base Honolulu, after searching throughout the night for five crewmembers aboard a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter off Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Aug. 17, 2017. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349), a 110-foot patrol boat, will take their place in the search.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Adam Weimerskirch.

Weather currently on scene is reportedly northwest winds of 20 mph and 10 to 11-foot seas with scattered showers.

-USCG-

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