HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a yellow kite sail spotted just outside the breakwall of Kahului Harbor Sunday.
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is currently searching for the owner of the sail in the vicinity of the sighting and an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast has been issued alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center.
Watchstanders at the Sector received a report at 6:08 p.m. from the crew of the Pride of America regarding the found sail. The watchstanders immediately launched the Dolphin crew from Air Station Barbers Point and issued the UMIB.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the sail is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.
“We currently have no reports of missing persons but when we are notified of unmanned and adrift watersports equipment we err on the side of caution and search for the user if we can’t immediately identify and reach the owner.” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Peterson, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu search and rescue planner. “Attaching your contact information to your watersports equipment the form of a Paddle Smart sticker or even writing it on the item in permanent marker will help in identifying ownership when it is found adrift. Not only does it help us find you but it also helps us return your property.”
The Paddle Smart “If Found” decal can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores on the islands.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Navy, and good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Capt. Kenneth coordinated the rescue of the sailing vessel Honey Cutter crew in the Pacific Ocean 402 miles northeast of Oahu Wednesday night.
The crew of the 77-foot Capt. Kenneth took the Honey Cutter in tow shortly after 11 p.m. and are en route to Honolulu.
“This case underscores the valuable partnerships we have with our sister service and the goodwill of fellow mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Chris Sena, of the Coast Guard 14th District command center. “This crew was ready with multiple methods of communication, means to keep the vessel afloat, and abandon ship if necessary which are key when making long distance voyages safely. Emergencies arise it pays to be prepared! ”
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard command center in Honolulu received an SOS activation on a GPS device registered to the master of the Honey Cutter at 11:43 a.m. The initial message indicated the vessel had suffered a keel fracture and was taking on water at a rate of two gallons per hour. On board pumps were keeping up with the flooding.
The watchstanders immediately identified available resources to assist the Honey Cutter including good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Capt. Kenneth, 80 miles from the sailing vessel, and a Navy P-3 Orion crew based on Oahu.
The Orion crew arrived on scene at 5 p.m. and established contact with the Honey Cutter crew who indicated they were prepared to abandon ship and were manually dewatering the vessel at this point, but planned to stay with the vessel as long as possible while awaiting the arrival of the Capt. Kenneth.
The Capt. Kenneth arrived on scene and took the Honey Cutter in tow. The Orion crew remained on standby on scene until the fishing vessel arrived and maintained communications. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island has departed Honolulu and is en route to rendezvous with the Capt. Kenneth to assume the tow, expected to arrive on scene Thursday early afternoon.
Weather on scene was reported as 3-foot seas and winds of 23 mph. The Honey Cutter is a 36-foot vessel. The crew was on a voyage from Hawaii to San Diego.
The crew of the Honey Cutter was involved in another Coast Guard case Aug. 30 when family members reported the crew overdue on a voyage from Oahu to Maui. A search ensued and the crew reported in safe once they came back into cell phone service range. They had been delayed by weather and did not hear Coast Guard call outs over VHF-FM radio because they were not tuned to Channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency.
Three man were located safe aboard their 36-foot sailboat, the Honeycutter, today. They had been reported missing Friday evening after being overdue from a sailing trip from O’ahu to Maui.
Found are father and son, Frank “Jon” Gogolski and Joshua Gogolski, with Jerome Pascual.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port continues to closely monitor the movement of Hurricane Ignacio and based on the storms current trajectory to the northwest it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary. However, ports on the Big Island, Maui and Moloka’i are under a readiness condition that could prompt immediate evacuation with one order.
While Ignacio remains a very powerful category Three hurricane, the predicted shearing and weakening is, according to Maui Weather Guru Glenn James, beginning to happen. He reports:
“Based on the most recent advisory, Hurricane Ignacio is now at category 3 strength…with 115 mph sustained winds. Going forward from here, it looks like we’ll find a definite weakening hurricane throughout the remainder of its life. Nonetheless, we’ll be dealing with a relatively close call by what will have been down graded to tropical storm Ignacio. The exact distance offshore of this tropical storm, will have a bearing on how strong or light our local winds become in different parts of the state. We’re hoping to see this storms center remain well offshore, which would help to limit our exposure to winds directly associated with Ignacio.
Of Interest: The Central Pacific has never had two Category 4 tropical cyclones simultaneously…such as we’ve seen recently!”
As a precaution, the Coast Guard COTP has moved the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island and the ports of Kaunakakai and Kahului in Maui County to Condition X-Ray (III): The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.
The Port Conditions of Kalaeloa and Honolulu on Oahu are Whiskey (IV): The ALERT condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 72 hours.
There is no upgraded Port Condition set for Kauai at this time. As a reminder, Port Conditions are subject to change based on the projected path and intensity of Ignacio.
The Port Conditions are:
Condition Hurricane Season Preparedness (V): Seasonal readiness, 1 June – 30 Nov.
The Coast Guard will continue to Broadcast Notice to Mariners and send out a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to notify the maritime community of port condition changes. Additionally, all maritime users are requested to monitor the progress of this hurricane and make preparations accordingly.
The projected arrival of storm force winds associated with Hurricane Ignacio could facilitate the need to close commercial ports throughout the Hawaiian Islands, according to the US Coast Guard.
The Captain of the Port has already issued a Condition Whiskey (IV) status to the ports of: Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi; and Kaunakakai, Kamalapau and Kahului in Maui County. The alert condition indicates that winds above 39 mph are expected within 72 hours.The newest computer models show more confidence that Ignacio may steer clear of the islands.
Port conditions on the islands of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi are being monitored as the storm nears. Port conditions are subject to change based on the projected path and intensity of Ignacio.
The various Port Condition classifications include the following:
The Coast Guard will continue to broadcast notice condition status changes to mariners and send out a marine safety information bulletin to the maritime community. Additionally, all maritime users are requested to monitor the progress of this hurricane and make preparations accordingly.
Back on land, all back-country access within Haleakala National Park will be closed tomorrow. Park officials will reassess the conditions Monday. For more details, visit their web site.
Also, the statewide monthly Civil Defense siren test, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. September 1, has been cancelled. Officials do not want residents to think the sirens that morning are storm warnings. Once again – if you hear the siren -it’s probably a good idea to get indoors.
By Jeff King
Maui Fire and rescue crews as well as Police and paramedics have been going non-stop for days and it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier any time soon.
The brushfire that started on Friday afternoon above the Kaanapali Resort area was deemed under control Sunday, with 100 percent containment and no active fire. It was not called extinguished because there were still smoldering areas far enough within the “Black”, that it is of low concern. That designation came Monday.
The final estimate is that 350 acres were scorched. Cause of the fire could not be determined, and no damages or injuries were reported.
Sunday morning around 9 a.m., Police responded to M’aalaea Harbor to meet with Medics and the Coast Guard for an unresponsive adult male. A vessel, The Odyssey, had taken the victim and other tour group members to the Molokini Crater for a day of snorkeling. The victim was found face down in the water and was taken back on board and headed towards shore.
Coast Guard and Medics met with the vessel and conducted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim, however, despite life-saving efforts the victim was pronounced dead. The victim is identified as 58 year-old Jonathan Owens from Louisville, KY.
Cause of death has not been determined pending autopsy results, though the apparent cause is very likely drowning.
Coast Guard crews were also involved in two other incidents Sunday across the state. A several hundred mile grid search was conducted after a green kayak was found adrift about a mile north of Lumahai Beach on Kaua’i. After 24 hours the search was suspended because no tour companies had reported any missing gear – and no missing persons reports were filed with Kaua’i Police. Earlier Sunday, Coast Guard crews responded to a garbled VHF radio signal – but were able to triangulate to locate a 20 year-old man standing on his overturned small boat near Pearl Harbor.
And then came Monday! Wet and wild Monday. Rainfall amounts of nearly four inches were recorded at Kaupo Gap. At 5 p.m. Pi’ilani Highway was closed at Mile Marker 29 because mud and very fast moving water sloshed across the road.
MauiWatch posted an aerial image from about the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary and Menehune Shores showing the buildup of brown water that will settle on the reef there. Rain gtotals were scant on Kaho’olawe with just .10 of an inch – while Lana’i received .67 inches of rain in a two-hour period. Flash Flood advisories became warnings as they moved across the state from east to west. The final warning for Maui was lifted just before 6 p.m. Monday.
Mountain View on the Big Island received more than four inches of rain and the O’ahu Forest Preserve was drenched with just under five inches of rain.
Maui Weather Guru Glenn James cites a very juicy low pressure trough that is pulling copious amounts of rain from the deeper tropics. He says today could be a repeat of yesterday.
I wouldn’t bet against him.
Downpours stranded traffic on both sides of Hana Highway for a time when the road was closed by past moving water at Ulanaio Road around 8 p.m. As of 7 a.m. today, both sections of road remain closed – though no washouts have been reported.
The National Service has just issued a Flash Flood Watch for Maui County effective from now until 6 a.m., Wednesday.
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