VIDEO: Mariner Safely on Molokaʻi After 12 Days Lost at Sea

December 10, 2014, 12:14 PM HST · Updated December 10, 12:19 PM
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By Wendy Osher

After 12 days at sea, a missing boater was located alive and uninjured aboard his sailboat 64 miles south of Honolulu on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Ron Ingraham, 67, who has been missing since Nov. 27, has since been transported via Coast Guard Cutter to Molokaʻi with his 25-foot sailboat, the Malia in tow.

Coast Guard officials say he arrived on island at around 8:50 this morning.

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    A mariner and his 25-foot sailing vessel are being towed to Molokaʻi after spending 12 days lost at sea Dec. 9, 2014. US Coast Guard courtesy photo.

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    According to the Coast Guard, the USS Paul Hamilton, a Navy missile destroyer, was dispatched to meet up with Ingraham, who made a mayday call yesterday morning.

    Crews reported that the sailor was weak, hungry and dehydrated, but otherwise alive and uninjured.

    Ingraham placed an initial mayday call on Nov. 27 off of Kailua Kona indicating that his vessel was in danger of sinking and taking on water.

    At the time, the coast guard had indicated that Ingraham had departed from Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokaʻi, bound for Mānele Bay on Lānaʻi.

    That initial search was called off after 4 days.

    ***Supporting information courtesy US Coast Guard.

    This image depicts the search area for a missing mariner off Kailua-Kona Friday. US Coast Guard image.

    This image depicts the search area for a missing mariner off Kailua-Kona Friday. US Coast Guard image.

    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. US Coast Guard courtesy graphic.

    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. US Coast Guard courtesy photo.

    A mariner and his 25-foot sailing vessel were towed to Molokaʻi after spending 12 days lost at sea Dec. 9, 2014. US Coast Guard courtesy photo.

    A mariner and his 25-foot sailing vessel were towed to Molokaʻi after spending 12 days lost at sea Dec. 9, 2014. US Coast Guard courtesy photo.

    A mariner and his 25-foot sailing vessel are being towed to Molokai after spending 12 days lost at sea Dec. 9, 2014. Ron Ingraham is currently aboard Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat home ported in Hilo, en route Kaunakakai, Molokai, with his sailing vessel Malia in tow. US Coast Guard courtesy photo

    A mariner and his 25-foot sailing vessel are being towed to Molokaʻi after spending 12 days lost at sea Dec. 9, 2014. US Coast Guard courtesy photo.

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