Hawaii teen dies, brother missing after both swept at sea

August 13, 2022 GMT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has died and his 14-year-old brother remained missing after they were swept away while swimming off a remote beach on Hawaii’s Big Island, according to police.

Rescuers responded Thursday to a report of multiple swimmers in distress at Haena Beach, also known as Shipman Beach in the Puna district.

The brothers, their father and another adult were swept out by the current and high surf, police said. The two adults and the 16-year-old were rescued by a fire department helicopter.

The older boy was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. An autopsy was ordered.

The 14-year-old remained missing. The Hawaii Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard searched the area until midnight and resumed the search at daybreak Friday.