HONOLULU — A boater who has been missing since Nov. 27 was found alive and uninjured aboard his 25-foot sailing vessel Malia 64 miles south of Honolulu, Tuesday. After the vigorous search, many are calling this a Christmas Miracle.
Ron Ingraham, 67, was last heard from when he placed two mayday calls Nov. 27, saying his vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a short mayday call yesterday from the master of the sailing vessel Malia over VHF channel 16 at 7:55 a.m.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) was approximately 14 miles away and responded to the UMIB at 8:32 a.m.
USS Paul Hamilton arrived on scene with Malia at 9 a.m. The U.S. Navy ship reported Ingraham was weak, hungry and dehydrated. The crew provided food and water to Ingraham and a rescue and assistance team is attempting to affect repairs to the outboard engine aboard Malia.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched for this case. Additionally, the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, home ported in Hilo, is en route to the scene.
The Coast Guard suspended the search for Ingraham Dec. 1.
Coast Guard and Navy crews conducted an extensive search of the area, flying 59 sorties and covering approximately 12,000 square miles.