US Coast Guard helicopterHONOLULU — The Coast Guard suspended the search Sunday for a man reported missing near Cape Kumukahi, Hawaii.

The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, homeported in Hilo, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, homeported here, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, along with crewmembers from the Hawaii Fire Department helicopter and dive teams searched for the man.

More than 1,414 square miles were searched.

Peter Mahoe was last seen Thursday between 12 p.m., and 2 p.m., climbing down a cliff face where he was picking opihi. He was not wearing a life jacket.

“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always difficult and was not made lightly, but one that had to be made at this time,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu commanding officer. “Our hearts ache at the loss of this honorable young veteran and our thoughts are with his loving wife, mother and siblings that have shown how much he meant to them.”

For more information contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Public Affairs officer at (808) 842 2657.

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