Search called off for missing snorkels, shark warning signs removed in South Maui: Maui Now

The search for a missing 60-year-old woman in Washington State was called off at noon today after teams from the Maui Fire Dept., Maui Ocean Safety and the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement were unable to find her, state officials said. .

Based on reports from her husband and other witnesses, a large shark was spotted about 50 meters offshore at Keawakapu Point in South Maui just before noon Thursday.

The woman’s husband reported that while the couple was snorkeling, he saw a shark swim by but could not see his wife. The shark swam by several times before the man returned to shore and reported his wife missing, according to a DLNR update.

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First responders used personal watercraft, a rescue boat, a helicopter and a US Coast Guard aircraft to search the area, beginning shortly after the initial 911 call. They continued their efforts until Thursday night and then resumed their search at dawn this morning.

DOCARE officers remained on the scene until 2pm, after a large shark, believed to be a tiger shark, was spotted in the area. “A subsequent investigation found no evidence that the 10-12 foot shark was still in the area, so shark warning signs have now been removed,” according to a news release from the department.

According to the release, DLNR does not release the names of individuals involved in shark encounters, based on shark incident logs.

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“The DLNR, Maui County and other agencies and individuals involved in the search extend their condolences to the family and friends of the missing woman,” the release said.

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