KAANAPALI - Fire rescue crews and U.S. Coast Guard personnel continued a search Friday for a Colorado woman reported missing while snorkeling Thursday afternoon off Black Rock in Kaanapali.
The search was expected to end at nightfall Friday and resume this morning, said Mahina Martin, Maui County spokeswoman.
County personnel concentrated their search northwest of Black Rock, using the Air One helicopter in the search as well as lifeguards on personal watercraft and firefighters in an ocean rescue boat, she said. The Coast Guard searched for the 55-year-old woman in deeper waters.
The woman had been snorkeling with her husband and another couple on the north side of Black Rock when she became separated from them and was caught in the current, said Battalion Chief James Kino.
The woman last was seen Thursday approximately 150 yards from the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. The woman was wearing a blue swimsuit and fins but no life jacket. She reportedly wasn't an experienced snorkeler.
Hotel security officers had spotted the woman before losing sight of her in whitecaps amid 15 mph winds, Kino said.
He said a Napili engine company and a fire rescue boat from Lahaina responded to the 3 p.m. call Thursday, along with the Fire Department's Air One helicopter and a Kahului fire rescue crew and rescue boat.
A surface search of the ocean was done while snorkelers and two scuba divers searched underwater, finding no trace of the missing woman, Kino said.
Contacted at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat from Maui and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu to help in the search.
Crews searched until 7:10 p.m. Thursday.