Search underway for missing diver off Oahu

The U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department are searching Tuesday for a missing scuba diver near Makaha Beach Park on Oahu.

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The U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department are searching Tuesday for a missing scuba diver near Makaha Beach Park on Oahu.

Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from one of the divers reporting an overdue 50-year-old man, identified as JJ Jackson, last seen at 8:15 p.m. Monday approximately one mile off Makaha Beach Park, the Coast Guard reported Tuesday morning. He was wearing a black wetsuit and scuba gear.

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Watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu, and Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu, also launched to assist with the search. Also participating in the search are one Honolulu Fire Department dive boat and one jet ski.

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

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