UPDATE: Search Underway for Missing Man Near Champagne Ponds

Updated at 9:10 a.m. 

The Coast Guard, Hawai`i County Fire Department and Hawai`i Police Department are searching for a possible person in the water in the vicinity of Champagne Ponds on the Big Island.

Officials say the missing individual is 31-year-old Logan Whitfield of Canada. 

Whitfield is described at 5-feet-10-inches and 170 pounds with short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing black swim trunks, a black t-shirt, water shoes and had a black mask and snorkel. 

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, launched at 10:05 p.m. on Sunday, to search the area. 

An urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners was issued requesting boaters in the area to keep a sharp lookout.

At 9:15 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a call from Whitfield’s mother. She last saw him headed to go swimming in the vicinity of Champagne Ponds at 6 p.m., and notified the Coast Guard when he did not return several hours later, as previously agreed. She informed officials her son was also a fairly decent swimmer.

In addition to the ongoing search for Logan Whitfield in the Kapaho area, HPD has issued a missing persons alert. The notice is standard during a search where no one saw the individual enter the water.

Anyone with information of Whitfield’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Coast Guard at 808-842-2600, Officer Joseph Passmore at the Puna Police Station at (808) 965-2716, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.