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.
Darin Kobatake, a 50 year-old Kihei resident, died Tuesday evening after a paddling session off Sugar Beach in North Kihei.
Maui Police report that – at around 6 p.m. – a stand-up paddler in the vicinity heard yelling in the water from behind him. Turning around, he observed the one-man outrigger canoe huli (capsized). Kobatake was already unconscious by the time the SUP paddler reached him.
The SUP good samaritan began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called 9-1-1. All while still offshore. MPD says the Coast Guard located the two paddlers about a mile offshore and transported them to Ma’alaea Harbor. Despite the heroic life-saving efforts, Kobatake was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further details about Kobatake’s condition have been made available. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard rescued an overdue stand up paddle boarder approximately three miles south of Ewa Beach, today.
By Jeff King
While the U.S. Coast Guard continues their sea search for 67 year-old Ron Ingraham of Molokai, Maui Fire Department crews are searching by land, sea and air on Lana’i. On its second day, Maui Fire Department is continuing its search for a Molokai fisherman missing since yesterday morning, off the northwest coast of Lanai.
Yesterday, April 24, MFD had its Air 1 helicopter searching the shoreline and off-shore waters. Fire department rescue boats from Lahaina and Kaunakakai were also used in the search of the coastline.
Ingraham and Kenny Corder radioed a “mayday” to Coast Guard watchstanders shortly after midnight Friday when their vessel, Munchkin, hit rocks about a mile offshore of Lana’i and began breaking up. Corder was plucked from the water by a Coast Guard Dolphin Helicopter. Ingraham, Corder says, was not wearing a life jacket.
Ingraham made headlines when his 25-foot sailboat, Malia, was lost in a storm in November, 2014. The Coast Guard called off their exhaustive search after four days. Then, 12 days later, Ingraham was found afloat in his disabled Malia 67 miles south of O’ahu – hundreds of miles from where he was believed to have been at last contact.
Because of sheer cliffs in the area where the boat washed ashore, the Lanai fire crew has been unable to conduct any shoreline searches from land. Further hampering any land search is that the closest access road is “Morita Trail”, a 4-wheel-drive dirt hunting road that is still roughly 2 miles away. Air 1 is conducting a thorough search of the shoreline and up into the deep gulches above the shoreline, in the event the man made it to shore and is resting under tree cover.
Today, MFD is again searching the near-shore waters with rescue boats from Lahaina and Kaunakakai. Air 1 is searching by air and also providing visual air support to the MFD crews in the water. An MFD scuba dive team has been called in and is performing underwater searches of the area surrounding the wreck site. MFD will continue searching today until late afternoon.
If the mariner has not been found, MFD will continue the search again tomorrow using rescue boats from Lahaina and Kaunakakai, as well as the department’s Air 1 helicopter.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard continues searching for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai, Friday.
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