UPDATE: Search for Missing Mariner Continues in Kailua-Kona
By Maui Now Staff
(Update: 8:10 p.m. 11/28/14)
The Coast Guard continues a search for a missing mariner in waters off of Kailua-Kona.
The mariner has since been identified as 67-year-old Ron Ingrahm. Authorities say he is believed to be the sole person aboard the 25-foot sailing vessel Malia which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokaʻi, to Mānele Bay, Lānaʻi.
A friend of Ingram called Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center on Friday, saying the last time he spoke with the missing man was on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
Coast Guard officials say they received a distress call from the vessel at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
The US Coast Guard continues a search for mariners in distress off of Kailua-Kona on Hawaiʻi Island after receiving a mayday call on Thanksgiving morning.
Authorities say they received the distress call at around 8:03 a.m. from a mariner located approximately 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.
After reviewing additional audio files, officials say the name of the vessel may be Molea or Malia.
According to Coast Guard reports, the mariner reported flooding on his small boat, and provided a GPS position near the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel before communications were lost.
The Coast Guard dispatched an 87-foot patrol boat from Honolulu, that is due to arrive on scene at midnight. Throughout the day the search included personnel aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, and a helicopter crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin craft from Air Station Barbers Point.
Authorities say the Dolphin and Ahi crews will continue their search throughout the night.
Weather conditions on scene include 35-mile per hour winds and six foot seas.
The description of the vessel and number of people aboard were unknown at last report
Anyone with information that could assist in identifying the mariner, the vessel, or voyage plan, is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.