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Search for Missing Diver at Glass Beach

Search for Missing Diver at Glass Beach
June 22, 2021

Multiple agencies are searching for a missing Kalaheo man on Kauai’s Westside near Glass Beach. The missing person’s identity has not been released.

Personnel with the Kauai Police Department, Kauai Fire Department, Ocean Safety Bureau, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 are responding to the incident.

According to a preliminary report, Kauai Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a missing diver on Monday at approximately 7:50 AM. According to the report, the diver was last seen preparing for a dive Sunday afternoon at Glass Beach in Eleele.

Glass Beach is a popular destination for tourists seeking beach glass, though little glass remains after decades of glass collecting. The water is rough and murky along this unprotected rocky coastline and is not recommended for either swimming or diving. Located in an industrial area near Port Allen, the water does not have a reputation for being clean. Moreover, the area was once a dumping ground for discarded items and the coastline is littered with rusting car parts and the like. Offshore, it is assumed there is more debris in the water.

Updates on the search will be given as information becomes available. Anyone with information about the missing diver is urged to call KPD Dispatch at 241-1711.

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