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Coast Guard suspends search for missing teen

July 7, 2012
The Associated Press

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) - The Coast Guard suspended its search for a New York teen swept out to sea in Hawaii, but the local fire department planned to continue for at least another day.

Tyler Madoff, 15, of White Plains, N.Y., was with a youth adventure tour group hiking along the shoreline of the Big Island's west coast Wednesday. The group stopped to rest in a tide pool when waves washed him away, along with another 15-year-old boy, of Miami, who eventually was rescued and flown to a Honolulu hospital.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the Scarsdale High School student at sunset Thursday.

"We'll just continue and hope for the best," Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion Chief Reuben Chun said Friday. "So far, there are no reports of anything new at this time." Ocean conditions continued to be rough Friday off the rocky shore near the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay where the group was hiking and exploring tide pools.

As the waves came in Wednesday, a tour group guide who jumped in the water was able to resuscitate the Florida boy and flag down a private boater who took them back to Kealakekua Pier, police said. When the group reassembled, they discovered that Tyler was missing.

The teen is a member of his school's crew team and active with Pelham Community Rowing, the Journal News of New York reported.

"Just knowing how fit and strong he is, you can't help but think that, if anyone could survive being swept out to sea, it would be him," head coach Guy Monseair told the Journal News.



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