The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help in identifying two boaters who were seen in a possible distress situation off Kalalau Beach on Kauai Monday.
The Coast Guard Sector Command Center received a call at 6:30 p.m. from a concerned hiker who observed two people in a small inflatable boat with an outboard engine striking a reef just off the beach.
The boaters then attempted to hand paddle their black 8-foot-long inflatable boat out to sea toward Haena Beach Park. The boaters were observed unsuccessfully attempting to restart their engine.
Coast Guard Station Kauai coordinated efforts with the Kauai Police and Fire Departments to check boat ramps and landing areas along the coast to verify the safety of the two men, but have yet to find anyone matching the description.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 10:30 p.m. and began searching for the boat, but could not locate them. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, home ported in Honolulu, arrived on the Napali Coast at 6 a.m. Tuesday to join the ongoing search effort.
Anyone with information regarding the two boaters' whereabouts or safety is requested to contact the Coast Guard Command Center immediately at (808) 842-2600.