The family of a surfer who went missing from the Hawaiian island of Oahu more than a year ago hopes national attention will help locate him.
Robby Gallagher moved from San Diego to Hawaii to pursue his passion for surfing after college and found a job with the same company as his Colorado-based brother Brian.
“He was an incredible swimmer, an insane surfer, and most importantly, he just loved the ocean,” Brian Gallagher said. date line.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Robby’s mental health suffered as he was unable to enter the ocean during the state’s strict lockdown.
Robby’s mom Cathy Gallagher told… date line the family tried to get help for him.
“But he told us that ‘the ocean is my therapy,’” Ms Gallagher said.
“And that he just wanted to surf again.”
On October 31, regular phone calls with the family suddenly stopped.
Brian and Cathy tried to arrange a trip to Hawaii to check on him, but were waiting for Covid testing.
When Cathy Gallagher arrived, she was told that Brian was acting erratically and was taken by the police to Kahuku Medical Center on Oahu.
He left before being treated and was later seen trying to get into a house near the hospital. His fins were found in the house, confirming in the family mind that he had been there.
His roommates had not seen him and his phone was picked up by a passerby about 20 miles from the medical center.
They filed a missing persons report and have since started a Facebook page dedicated to finding Robby.
Several Oahu residents have reported unconfirmed sightings of Robby on the page, and Cathy says she is extremely grateful for the support from the island’s community.
“There’s a chance he won’t be with us anymore,” Ms Gallagher said date line.
“But we know he loves us, he knows we love him. I keep praying that he is still alive. And just keep looking until we know otherwise.”
Robby is described as being 6’1” (185 cm) and weighs approximately 170 pounds (77 kg). He has dark, dirty blond hair and blue eyes.
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