Search continues for one of two missing people on Kauai |

Search continues for one of two missing people on Kauai

HONOLULU ” Rescuers on Sunday afternoon called off the search for a 9-year-old Colorado boy who was swept out to sea off Kauai’s east coast a day earlier.

But the Kauai Fire Department said it would continue looking for 17-year-old John Dacuycuy, who also disappeared Saturday. Firefighters on Sunday found what appeared to be human remains at Nukolii Beach, where Dacuycuy was last seen after being caught by a current.

Doctors are studying the remains, said county spokeswoman Mary Daubert.

She said the search for the Colorado boy would resume only if new information becomes available, including possible sightings of the boy or his remains.

Firefighters and the Coast Guard began their search at dawn for both youths, who disappeared after being dragged into deeper waters off separate beaches on the island’s east coast.

The Colorado boy was swimming with his 8-year-old brother at Anahola Bay around noon Saturday when they were caught by a strong current. Their mother and a bystander were only able to rescue the younger boy.

The mother, 32, immediately returned to the water to save her older son when she ran into trouble and had to be rescued by the bystander.

She remained in critical condition on Sunday at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Daubert said. Her husband was caring for the younger son and a daughter. Names were not released.

Dacuycuy had been swimming with a friend when both began asking for help. A bystander was only able to rescue one of the teens.

The bystander and the teen were treated at Wilcox Hospital and released Saturday.

Waves were in the eight-foot range with winds blowing at about 20 mph, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Jennifer Johnson.

The Coast Guard called off both searches earlier Sunday. Firefighters, however, kept looking for the missing boy and the teenager until late in the afternoon, Daubert said.

“If conditions improve, if it’s not so rough and visibility is better, they might send divers in” at Nukolii on Monday, she said.

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