***Updated at 12:10 p.m.***
A man who went missing Sunday while taking part in a simulated combat game on the Hamakua coast has been located.
Capt. Richard Miyamoto of Hamakua Police said Hawaii Fire Department rescuers located Daysen Masuda in a ravine this morning.
Masuda had sustained a leg injury, Miyamoto said.
Posted at 9:04 a.m.:
A day of play warfare near O`okala turned serious Sunday when one of the participants in an Airsoft competition went missing.
A spokesman for the Laupahoehoe Fire Station said a group of 40 participants began searching for a 20-year-old member after he turned up missing after a lunch break.
The man was identified by police as Daysen Masuda, who weighs about 155 pounds and has "buzzed" hair. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve t-shirt and camouflauge pants.
After searching without success, the group called for help from the police and fire departments shortly before 5 p.m.
A total of 17 members of those departments and group members continued their search until dark. It was to resume at first light today with the assistance of the fire department’s Chopper 1.
Airsoft pellets. Wikipedia photo.
Airsoft involves the use of replica [airsoft] guns firing round plastic [airsoft BB] pellets.
The station spokesman said the game area near the intersection of Ka`ala Road and Niupea Homestead Road was a 21-acre, heavily forested area with ravines and surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees.
Anyone with information on Masuda’s whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 935-3311.