United States Coast Guard Station Maui conducted a Change of Command ceremony at which Chief Warrant Officer Erin M. Stapleton was relieved by Chief Boatswains Mate Ekahi P. Lee.
The propeller of a single-engine aircraft slowed to a stop in mid-air, as Coast Guard video captured the Cirrus SR-22 dropping nose-first before leveling out and landing in the ocean via parachute, 253 miles northeast of Maui on Sunday, Jan. 25.
The Coast Guard responded to a distress call from a single-engine aircraft running out of fuel approximately 975 miles north of Hawai‘i Island today.
After nine hours of searching, a coast guard air crew located the man about 46 miles southwest of Kahoʻolawe, when members noticed him waving a flashlight from the 19-foot boat.
The man told authorities that the gear floated away from him and that he saw the equipment on local news media reports.
Coast Guard officials say the owner saw the local news reporting the discovery of the kayak, and said that the wind possibly carried it away from his sailing vessel moored at Māla Wharf in West Maui.
The award was issued to Keoki Pfaeltzer for his efforts in rendering assistance to a distressed snorkeler off the coast of Māʻalaea Bay during an incident on June 14, 2013.
Coast Guard officials say the adult was in shock, and the three children sustained only minor injuries.
The Coast Guard is seeking public help in identifying the owner of an inflatable dinghy found unmanned and floating adrift about two and a half miles west of Kāʻanapali, Maui this morning.
Crews are actively searching the area with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point in an effort to rule out the possibility of anyone in distress.
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