Kauai News

Update: Missing Kīlauea Swimmer ID’d

Posted March 8, 2022, 5:04 PM HST

Multiple agencies resumed search operations Tuesday for a 44-year-old male resident who went missing Monday evening after not returning from swimming at Rock Quarry Beach in Kīlauea.

The Kaua‘i Police Department has identified the swimmer as Huy Nguyen of Kīlauea.

According to a preliminary report, first responders were dispatched Monday evening at approximately 7:45 p.m. and initiated a search along the shoreline and wooded area at Rock Quarry Beach in Kīlauea until 11 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters with the Hanalei, Līhu‘e, and Kaiakea fire stations, Rescue 3, Air 1, U.S. Coast Guard, Ocean Safety Bureau, the Kaua‘i Police Department, personnel with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the on-duty Battalion Chief are responding to this incident.

Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard deployed their assets for air and water search operations on Monday evening for an overnight search.

On Tuesday morning, rescuers continued with air, land, and sea searches.

Updates on the search will be given as information becomes available.

Also on Tuesday, the Coast Guard stated that it had suspended the active search for a missing swimmer off Lumaha’i Beach.

Matthew Preziose, 26, remains missing. The search has been suspended pending further information.