July 5, 2012
Hawaiʻi Police Department
Lieutenant Jeremie Evangelista
Phone: 326-4646, ext. 253
One 15-year old boy is hospitalized on Oahu and another 15-year old boy is missing following a public accident at Kealakekua Bay on July 4, 2012.
Big Island police received a report at about 3:25 p.m. on July 4th, 2012 that the Hawaiʻi Fire Department was rescuing one of the boys and searching for the other.
Police determined that both boys were part of a youth tour group and were exploring tidal pools near the Captain Cook monument when a large wave surged into the tidal pool they were both within. A tour group guide jumped into the water and was able to recover and resuscitate one of the boys. The guide was able to flag down a private boater who provided transportation for both individuals, back to Kealakekua Pier. When the group reassembled they discovered that the other boy was missing.
Fire/Rescue crews and Coast Guard personnel are continuing to search the bay and surrounding areas for the missing boy.