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.
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]