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Search resumes for missing boater off Big Isle

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The Coast Guard and Hawaii Fire County Department resumed its search for a 26-year-old boater at dawn today after he was reported missing by his uncle off of the North Kohala Coast.

Charles Locklar and his uncle went fishing on a 10-foot aluminum skiff Saturday in high winds off Lapakahi State Park on Hawaii island.

The circumstances on how both men ended up in the water remains unclear at this time, said Battalion Chief John Whitman.

An initial report said the boat capsized while another report said the vessel started to take on water when the men decided to swim to shore.

The fire department said Locklar’s uncle made it to shore and called 911 when he couldn’t find his nephew.

The department’s helicopter is conducting an air search and divers and ground personnel are canvassing the shoreline.

The Coast Guard deployed its 87-foot Kittawake, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and C-130 airplane to search for Locklar. A Navy MH-60 helicopter is also assisting in the search, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur.

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