Updated at 9 a.m., July 5.
The search for a missing Ocean man continues Wednesday as officials search Waikapuna and Kamilo, North of Ka`alu`alu Bay.
Shane Romen was fishing in the area with his 10-year-old grandson Keaka McDonnell, when the incident occurred. Officials say while trying to fill a cooler with ocean water for the live bait Romen fell into the water.
McDonnell lost sight of Romen about 100 feet out. He immediately called 911 and Fire Rescue Engine 11 with the County Helicopter, Chopper 1 and Chopper 2 responded to the scene to help search for the grandfather.
According to HFD, ground teams were deployed to search shorelines areas and dive teams have been in the water checking the surrounding Romen’s point of entry.
So far the HFD chopper has conducted a grid search of the ocean in the immediate area up to three miles out to sea.
The Coast Guard is searching areas beyond the three mile mark.
At about 7:30 p.m. on July 4, the Hawai`i County Fire Department called off the search but resumed looking for the grandfather at daybreak Wednesday. Coast Guard crews continued their search overnight and have joined back in with County crews to continue the search.
HFD is using the area near the Hana Hou Restaurant as a staging area.
There is no suspected foul play at this time. A public accident investigation has been initiated.
Original story published at 12:02 a.m., July 4.
The United States Coast Guard is searching for a man in the water in the vicinity of Ka’alu’alu Bay, Monday.
Forty-eight-year-old Shane Roena has been identified as the missing individual.
Roena was reportedly last seen wearing green and red shorts and was not wearing a shirt. He is 6-feet-2-inches tall and approximately 180 lbs.
Anyone with information about the location of Roena is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is currently searching the area and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, homeported in Honolulu, is en route to assist in the search.
Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers shortly after 6 p.m., stating Roena’s 10-year-old son had witnessed him fall into the water while trying to clean a cooler and he lost sight of him shortly after. The two were reportedly out fishing.
Two helicopter crews from the Hawai’i Fire Department conducted initial searches of the area but did not locate Roena. His son was airlifted from the rocky shoreline by HFD and brought to a designated landing zone where he was picked up by his grandmother.
Weather conditions on scene are reported as 40 mph winds, seas to 8 feet with a 3-foot swell.