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Search Suspended for Missing Mariner off Kailua-Kona

December 2, 2014, 7:10 AM HST
* Updated December 2, 7:11 AM
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This picture is of 25-foot sailboat Malia whose owner placed a mayday call Nov. 27, 2014, 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 Ingraham and is believed to be the sole person aboard the sailing vessel which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokaʻi, to Mānele Bay, Lānaʻi. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

This picture is of 25-foot sailboat Malia whose owner placed a mayday call Nov. 27, 2014, 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 Ingraham and is believed to be the sole person aboard the sailing vessel which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokaʻi, to Mānele Bay, Lānaʻi. (US Coast Guard courtesy photo)

By Maui Now Staff

The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing boater off of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

The suspension comes after an extensive search that covered 12,000 square miles over five days, according to Coast Guard officials.

Authorities say 67-year-old Ron Ingraham placed a mayday call on Thursday morning, Nov. 27, saying his vessel was taking on water about 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona near the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel.

He was aboard a 25-foot sailing vessel, the Malia, which departed from Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokaʻi, bound for Mānele Bay on Lānaʻi.

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In a press release statement, Coast Guard officials said they “exhausted all available resources” in an effort to locate Ingraham, but pending further developments, decided to suspend the active search.

This graphic is of search patterns for the 25-foot sailboat Malia whose owner placed a mayday call Nov. 27, 2014, 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 Ingraham and is believed to be the sole person aboard the sailing vessel which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokaʻi, to Mānele Bay, Lānaʻi. (US Coast Guard courtesy graphic)

This graphic is of search patterns for the 25-foot sailboat Malia whose owner placed a mayday call Nov. 27, 2014, 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 Ingraham and is believed to be the sole person aboard the sailing vessel which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokaʻi, to Mānele Bay, Lānaʻi. (US Coast Guard courtesy graphic)

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