Captain Cook missing after going overboard while fishing

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17 Jan. – The Hawaii Fire Department and Coast Guard crew are searching for a 63-year-old Captain Cook who went overboard while fishing on a boat off Honaunau on Sunday morning.

The Hawaii Island Police Department also launched a missing persons investigation for Mark Knittle, described as five-foot-tall, 185 pounds, with curly brown hair and white mustache and beard.

It was reported to police that Knittle and a friend were fishing at 5 a.m. on Sunday at “C” buoy, four miles outside the Honaunau Boat Ramp, when Knittle hooked an ahi. The friend heard Knittle say, “the fish is huge,” then saw Knittle go overboard.

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The friend tried to grab the line but couldn’t, police said, and the man disappeared into the water within seconds.

Fire and Coast Guard personnel plan to conduct a 72-hour search, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311, or email Officer Melani Cline at [email protected]

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