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Missing yachtsman turns up safe on Hawaii (Big island)
He tells the Coast Guard he was blown off course

By Michael Tsai

POSTED: 09:25 p.m. HST, Jan 01, 2012

Two days after the Coast Guard suspended its search for a boater who went missing during a voyage from Kauai to Oahu, the boater — 66-year-old Ira Foreman of Seattle, Wash. arrived at Honokohau Harbor on Hawaii island — two weeks late and nearly 100 miles off course but alive.

Foreman left Port Allen, Kauai, on the morning of Dec. 17 but failed to arrive at Keehi Lagoon as scheduled the next day. He was reported missing a week later.

Search and rescue officials at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu receive word Saturday from Foreman’s ex-wife that Foreman had contacted her via cell phone, telling her that he had been blown off course by strong winds but was never in any distress.

Officials were able to triangulate Foreman’s location based on his call and an aircrew from an HC-130 Hercules plane from Barberts Point Air Station was able to spot a vessel matching the description of Foreman’s 36-foot sailboard shortly after midnight. The crew, however, was not able to establish communication with the vessel.

The Coast Guard made contact with Foreman on his mobile phone around 8 a.m. today and Foreman reported his location as 20 miles west of Kealekekua. He arrived at Honokohau Harbor around 3 p.m.

"We are eager to meet with Mr. Foreman to find some answers about this very challenging case," said Capt. Joanna Nunan, commander of Sector Honolulu, in a Coast Guard news release.

The Coast Guard suspended a massive four-day search for Foreman on Thursday after covering some 209,000 square miles. Involved in the search were a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a HC-130 Hercules airplane, and two Navy P-3
Glad the old coot made it. We were worried when we first heard the report that he was lost. The channels were pretty rough, with strong trades at the time. When the USCG did not find him between Kauai and Oahu we were sure he was a goner.

I would like to hear the whole story, though. I am wondering how he got "Blown off course" a hundred and fifty nautical miles up wind.


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Didn't this guy have other incidents of getting knocked off course?
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Good news... also looking forward for the full story. Sounds like he was planning a one-day passage but ended up spending almost two weeks at sea?

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Good news... also looking forward for the full story. Sounds like he was planning a one-day passage but ended up spending almost two weeks at sea?
For us, it has always been a more-or-less 24 hour sail from Honolulu to Kauai but can take a few days to get back. On the reverse trip, as this sailor was doing, it is either a hard beat or motoring in calms. Last time we made the trip, in November, we waited in Nawiliwili for the gales to pass before setting out for Honolulu. We tried to sail all the way back but gave up when, after three days, we still had not made half of the 107nm total distance due to the almost complete lack of wind. We started the engine in dead calm and motored the rest of the way for 14 hours into trades that built to about twenty on the nose.

The way the weather has been around here, this guy must have had a heck of a ride. It is 227nm from Kauai to the Kona coast in a straight line, it is almost directly up wind.


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No radio? Can the CG fine a boat owner for not having required gear that would have prevented a massive ($$$) search?
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No radio? Can the CG fine a boat owner for not having required gear that would have prevented a massive ($$$) search?
Hawaii state law is the boater has a VHF. I believe he had a VHF. Not sure why it was not used. Here in Hawaii the CG has great coverage on VHF (well beyond normal 25 miles) as some antennas are located at 4000 feet or higher.
Below is from older article prior to him hitting Big island of Hawaii.
http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/b...l?id=136362053

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No radio? Can the CG fine a boat owner for not having required gear that would have prevented a massive ($$$) search?
He had a VHF, it just stopped working. Why should this guy have to pay for anything? He never called for help and was just taking his time beating his way through harsh weather.

I think from an earlier article the guy had an EPRIB. If he was in trouble he could've set it off. Frankly I think this guy's problem is telling the wrong people his schedule. Sounds like this is the 2nd time someone has freaked out and called in the troops when he didn't show up someplace on time.
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Frankly I think this guy's problem is telling the wrong people his schedule. Sounds like this is the 2nd time someone has freaked out and called in the troops when he didn't show up someplace on time.
His problem was not with whom he trusted his float plan; they did exactly what they were supposed to do. His problem was that he didn't fulfill his end of the float-plan bargain, which is to communicate updates to the status of the plan.

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