A New Jersey man was swept out to sea while swimming off Hawaii

A young New Jersey man is missing after being washed into the sea while swimming off a beach in Hawaii, authorities said.

Matthew Preziose, 25, was last seen in distress with another swimmer who had taken it to safety off Lumaha’i Beach on Kauai’s north shore on Saturday afternoon, city officials said said in a statement Sunday.

Preziose, from Middletown, has been identified as the missing man by Kauai police. Lifeguards, firefighters and U.S. Coast Guard officials searched for him by helicopter, but no signs were found, officials said.

Firefighters and lifeguards called off their search around 6 p.m. Saturday while US Coast Guard personnel searched through the night for the missing man.

The search continued early Sunday with Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources using jet skis and US Coast Guard officials combing the area by sea and land.

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A search is being carried out for a 25-year-old New Jersey man, Matthew Preziose, who was washed up at sea in Hawaii last Saturday.
Kaua’i Police Department
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Matthew Preziose was last seen at Lumaha’i Beach on Kauai’s North Shore.
Kaua’i Police Department
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US Coast Guard officials began a helicopter search for Matthew Preziose but were unable to locate him.
Kaua’i Police Department

Messages asking for an update from Kauai police weren’t immediately returned, but a US Coast Guard spokesman in Honolulu confirmed the search for Preziose was ongoing Monday in winds of 7 mph and waves of 4 feet.

A man who answered the phone at Preziose’s home declined to comment or provide an update on Monday afternoon’s search.

Preziose was described by police as 5ft 11in tall. He was last seen in a pair of blue swimming trunks and three gold chains. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Kauai Police Department at (808) 241-1711.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/nj-man-swept-out-to-sea-while-swimming-off-hawaii/ A New Jersey man was swept out to sea while swimming off Hawaii

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