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UPDATE: Search will resume Wednesday morning for missing swimmer off ‘Anini Beach

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Update: 6 p.m. on Dec. 27: The search by several agencies on Tuesday found no signs of missing swimmer, Prakash Shroff, 56 of Gilroy, Calif. He was swimming at ‘Anini Beach on Kaua’i with his family when he was swept out to sea on Sunday.

First responders that included the Kaua’i police and fire departments, the Ocean Safety Bureau, state Department of Land and Natural Resources officers and the U.S. Coast Guard paused their search at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

They will resume the search at daybreak on Wednesday. Life’s Bridges and the Visitor Aloha Society of Kauai will continue to assist Shroff’s family.

Update: 6:22 p.m. on Dec. 26: After a multi-agency search on Monday, there was no sign of missing swimmer Prakash Shroff, 56 of California, who apparently was swept out to sea while swimming at ‘Anini Beach on Sunday afternoon.


First responders, including officers with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, paused their search efforts at 6 p.m. on Monday and will resume at daybreak on Tuesday.

Original post: Multiple agencies continue their search for a missing California man who was apparently swept out to sea while swimming at ‘Anini Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Fifty-six-year-old Prakash Shroff of California was reportedly swimming with two family members shortly after 1 p.m. when they became distressed. Two individuals made it safely back to shore with the assistance of bystanders, but Shroff could not be located.


Ocean Safety lifeguards conducted an initial search of the area and were soon joined by Rescue 3 aboard Air 1, the U.S. Coast Guard, firefighters from the Hanalei Station, KFD’s on-duty Battalion Chief, and officers and detectives from the Kaua‘i Police Department’s Patrol Services and Investigative Services bureaus.

The Coast Guard continued its search through the night and all agencies resumed their efforts at first light Monday morning. Rescuers report low visibility and dangerous conditions as there is a strong current and large surf in surrounding waters.

The two other swimmers were treated by AMR medics on scene and released. The Visitor Aloha Society of Kaua‘i and Life’s Bridges is assisting the man’s family.


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

In August 2022, 81-year-old James Pirkle Jr., of California died from drowning in waters off ‘Anini Beach.

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