HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is continuing its search today for a missing boater who placed a mayday call Thursday at 8:03 a.m. saying his vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.
The Coast Guard has identified the mariner as 67-year-old Ron Ingrahm and is believed to be the sole person aboard the 25-foot sailing vessel Malia which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai, to Manele Bay, Lanai.
A friend of Ingram called Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center Friday and sited Tuesday as the last time he spoke with him.
Currently searching are an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point . The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ahi is no longer part of the search due to sever weather.
Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a mayday call over VHF radio channel 16 from a distressed mariner at 8:03 a.m. Thursday. The mariner reported flooding on his boat and provided a GPS position approximately 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona near Alenuihaha Channel before communications were lost.
Current on scene weather conditions are 35-mile per hour winds with eight to 15-foot seas.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s assistance after receiving a mayday call from a mariner in distress approximately 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona Thursday. Click here to hear the mariner’s mayday call.
Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a mayday call over VHF radio channel 16 from a distressed mariner at 8:03 a.m. The mariner reported flooding on his small boat and provided a GPS position before communications were lost.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched at 8:30 a.m. from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
The crews arrived on scene and began searching. The Hercules crew dropped a self-locating datum marker buoy to track the currents and assist in plotting a search area.
Current on scene weather conditions are 40-mile per hour winds, 20 foot seas and clear visibility.
The description of the vessel and number of people aboard are unknown.
Anyone with information that could assist in identifying the mariner in distress, the vessel, or voyage plan should contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
HONOLULU — A Coast Guard aircrew flew approximately 400 miles to airdrop 10 critical units of blood to a cruise ship northeast of the Oahu, Tuesday.
Personnel aboard the cruise ship Carnival Miracle contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at 4:21 p.m., Sunday regarding medical assistance for an ailing passenger.
The ship had originally departed Vancouver, British Columbia en route to its next port of call in Nawiliwili, Kauai.
The ship’s onboard doctor was treating the 76-year-old man for internal bleeding. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a 12-hour communications schedule with the cruise ship. If the man’s condition worsened, the air station would conduct an airdrop of blood.
The aircrew successfully dropped the blood received from Tripler Army Medical Center via parachute to medical personnel aboard the Carnival Miracle.
The cruise ship will maintain communication with the Coast Guard until its scheduled arrival in Nawiliwili, Wednesday.
Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea.
For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.
HONOLULU – Two sailors are safe and receiving medical care after a late night injury off Kauai prompted a call for help to the Coast Guard Tuesday night. This is the second dramatic ocean rescue off Kaua’i in the last three days.
At 8:06 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a distress call on VHF Channel 16 from an individual aboard a 50-foot sailing vessel eight miles southwest of Port Allen, Kauai.
The master of the sailing vessel Morning Star was struck in the head by the boom and was unable to operate the vessel. The passenger aboard was suffering from seasickness, unfamiliar with operating the vessel and unable to safely navigate to shore. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Kauai to locate and provide assistance. The crew arrived on scene at 10:30 p.m., assessed the condition of the crewmembers and safely took the vessel in tow.
Both crewmembers were safely transported to awaiting EMS upon arrival in Port Allen.
“Preparation played a key role in the resolution of this case,” said command duty officer Lt. j.g. Chris Sena. “The vessel had all of the proper safety equipment aboard and, as a result, they were able to request help via Channel 16 which led to our ability to get to them quickly before the situation escalated.”
The rescue follows another ocean drama off Kaua’i that happened Sunday. A boat that capsized Sunday night off Kauai, forcing its owner, his son and an injured guest to swim to shore, has been recovered.
The Garden Island reports the 19-foot boat belonging to Zack Romanak was dragged onto a beach at Kekaha and lifted by crane onto his trailer. Romanak, his 10-year-old son Noah, and guest Brad Warren were trying to reach Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor when a large wave struck the stern and threw them into the ocean.
Warren’s prosthetic hip and leg broke. After continuing to get pounded by waves, they managed to swim a half hour to shore.
Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning to even the most experienced mariners. For this reason all mariners should ensure they have appropriate, functioning safety equipment aboard and know how to use it. For more information on recommended safety equipment visit www.uscgboating.org.
Contact your nearest Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla to schedule a courtesy Vessel Safety Check or for more information, mariners can visit http://www.cgaux.org/vsc/.
HONOLULU — One hiker is dead and another medevaced to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after an accident on a remote Na Pali Coast trail Thursday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a medevac request from the Kauai Fire Department for a 25-year-old male hiker who had fallen from the Kalalau Trail.
The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point at 11:45 p.m. and rerouted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.
The Dolphin crew arrived on scene at 12:04 a.m. Friday and lowered a rescue swimmer. After an initial assesment, the rescue swimmer conducted CPR for 30 minutes. The flight crew communicated that the patient was unresponsive and the Coast Guard flight surgeon directed the rescue swimmer to stop CPR. The rescue swimmer remained with the other four members of the hiking party while the helicopter departed to refuel in Lihue.
The helicopter returned to the scene and safely hoisted the rescue swimmer as well as a hiker who sustained a leg injury. The injured hiker was safely transported to awaiting EMS at Lihue Airport at 2:30 a.m.
A Kauai Fire Department helicopter hoisted the remaining three hikers Friday and KFD personnel hiked in to recover the deceased hiker.
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The identity of a man who died while diving off DT Fleming Beach Park in Napili has been released. He is 43 year-old Christopher Kuwada, a resident of Waikapu.
Just after noon today, Maui Fire and Rescue Units from Napili and Lahaina along with Ocean Safety Watercraft JS3 were dispatched to DT Fleming park when the Teralani III Catamaran recovered dive gear about a half-mile offshore from Flemings. However, no diver was seen in the area. An ocean search was conducted by Ocean Safety Lifeguards and Firefighters, with Air-1 and Rescue 10 personnel conducting an aerial search.
The search continued and at 1:50 p.m., Kuwada’s body was located face down by Air-1 approximately three miles offshore due north of DT Fleming Park. Ocean Safety’s Rescue watercraft JS3 brought the diver to the shore at Flemings beach. The male diver, Kuwada, was pronounced dead at the scene.
US Coast Guard also assisted on this incident. The victim’s family was notified, however, cause of death has not been determined pending autopsy results.
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