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UPDATE: Crew Aboard Overdue Sailboat Located, to Reach Maui Tonight

August 30, 2015, 8:51 AM HST
* Updated August 30, 2:00 PM
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overdue 1By Maui Now Staff

(Update: 1:42 p.m. 8/30/15)

The Coast Guard located the crew of the sailing vessel Honeycutter, 30 miles from Lahaina, Maui, Sunday.  The three men aboard the vessel were reported missing on Saturday night when they failed to arrive as planned.

The men called the Coast Guard at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, to report that they were delayed due to a damaged sail, and heavier seas than anticipated.  The crew advised the Coast Guard that they are not in distress, and should reach Maui by evening.

Found are father and son, Frank “Jon” Gogolski and Joshua Gogolski, and friend Jerome Pascual.

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“The crew was reportedly unable to make contact with family until they traveled back into cell phone range and did not have their VHF-FM radio turned to Channel 16, thus missing the Coast Guards call outs,” said Lt. Kevin Edes, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Command Center Honolulu in an agency press release. “Mariners should keep their radio tuned to Channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency, whenever possible to monitor broadcasts from the Coast Guard regarding weather, emergencies and safety bulletins.”

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Watchstanders at the sector received a report at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, from a family member reporting the overdue.

The crew of the sailboat reportedly departed Rainbow Marina in Pearl Harbor on Oʻahu Friday. They planned to sail to Lahaina, Maui, where Pascual would depart and return to Oʻahu, while the Gogolskis continued on to the West Coast. When Pascual failed to arrive at the airport Saturday night his wife called to report him missing. Honolulu Police Department personnel were also alerted.

Weather conditions were reported as northeast winds at 12 – 17 mph with seas up to 6-feet and good visibility.

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(Original post: 10:06 p.m. 8/30/15)

The Coast Guard is searching for the crew of the sailing vessel Honeycutter, after a family member of those on board reported the vessel overdue on Saturday night, Aug. 29, 2015.

The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is currently searching for the three-man crew of the 36-foot blue and white sailboat.  Missing are father and son, Frank and Joshua Gogolski, with friend Jerome Pascual.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued overnight alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center.  The Coast Guard also launched the Dolphin crew from Air Station Barbers Point at first light this morning.

Anyone with information that may help locate the sailboat crew is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

The crew of the sailboat reportedly departed Rainbow Marina in Pearl Harbor on Oʻahu Friday. They planned to sail to Lahaina, Maui, where Pascual would depart and return to Oʻahu, while the Gogolski continued on to the West Coast. When Pascual failed to arrive at the airport Saturday night his wife called to report him missing. Honolulu Police Department personnel have also been alerted.

Weather conditions are currently reported as northeast winds at 12 to 17 mph with seas up to 6-feet and good visibility.

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