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Friends of missing boater hold on to hope

Posted on December 1, 2014




There’s still no sign of a missing boater off Kailua-Kona.

On Thursday, 67-year-old Ron Ingraham radioed a Mayday, saying his 25-foot boat “Malia” was taking on water.

“This is Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. I’m in the middle of Alinui Channel. Uh, small boat, dangerous sinking,” said Ingraham.

He issued the Mayday call Thursday morning and was about 46 miles southwest of Kailua-Kona.

Friends say Ingraham is an experienced fisherman who lives on his boat at Kaunakakai Pier and would often travel to Lanai.

“This last couple months, he’s been catching his boat to Lanai, fishing akule or mepachi and catching a ride with his cooler going up to the Lanai City. Selling his fish, trying to make a few dollars there,” said Dedric Manaba, a commercial fisherman on Molokai and a friend of Ingraham.

The Coast Guard believes he was sailing alone from Kauanakai Harbor to Manele Bay on Lanai. How he got swept off course remains a mystery. His friends say the weather conditions could be to blame.

“I think when he left Manele and went around, I think he got into the strong wind and maybe got some engine trouble or something,” said Manaba.

So far, the Coast Guard has searched more than 7,000 square miles for Ingraham by air and deployed a tracking buoy to get a better read on where he could have drifted.

Ingraham’s friends believe he traveled with proper safety equipment and say he even had a kayak on board.

“I’m hoping, I’m praying to God that he’s on one of the beaches of Lanai up Shipwreck Beach. And that he hurt himself as the boat was sinking trying to get into his kayak,” said Kenneth Corder, a commercial fisherman on Molokai and a friend of Ingraham. “In my heart, I believe he’s gone.”

“He’s a tough 67-year-old guy. And I believe with all his experience and stuff, I believe he’s still out there either on his boat or on his kayak. I think he’s still out there. And I’m hoping they can find him,” said Manaba.

According to the Coast Guard, the current weather conditions are 35 mile per hour winds with eight to 15-foot seas.

Crews will continue searching throughout the night by helicopter.
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Re: Missing 25 Foot Sail Boat and Skipper

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Search continues for Molokai man
The Coast Guard attempts to locate a missing fisherman


By Rob Shikina



POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 01, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 09:38 a.m. HST, Dec 01, 2014



U.S. COAST GUARD
This picture is of 25-foot sailboat Malia whose owner placed a mayday call Nov. 27 saying his vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.
An ocean search for a Molo*kai fisherman who made a distress call four days ago is still being treated as a search-and-rescue mission, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

Ron Ingraham, 67, made a distress call at about 8 a.m. Thursday, saying his vessel was flooding and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona, the Coast Guard said.

Before losing contact, Ingraham gave his GPS coordinates, which were near Ale*nui*haha Channel — the passage between Maui and Hawaii island, the Coast Guard said.

Ingraham is believed to be the only person aboard the Malia, a 25-foot sailboat that left Kau*na*ka*kai Harbor, Molo*kai, for Ma*nele Bay, Lanai.

On Sunday, Ingraham's friends struggled to remain hopeful as a small-craft advisory remained in effect for waters around the islands and no sign of Ingraham was found.

"It's a tough one," friend Dedric Ma*naba said by phone from Molo*kai. "Each day that goes by, you think he's probably gone. He's a nice guy."

He said strong northerly winds may have pushed Ingraham, a longtime fisherman, south of his intended course. He wondered why the Coast Guard hadn't spotted any debris, and said Ingraham had a kayak on his boat.

By Sunday afternoon the Coast Guard had searched 7,798 square miles, the agency said.

Aircraft crews conducted more than 50 sorties in the search mission, which began Thursday and focused on an area southwest of Maui.

To determine where to look, the Coast Guard dropped a self-locating buoy to track ocean currents and used a software system that calculates the most likely place to find a person in the water.

But severe weather hampered the search. On Friday the 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Ahi turned around because of the weather.

The rough seas were expected to continue, with a small-craft advisory probably being extended past its 6 p.m. Monday expiration, the National Weather Service said. Northeast winds were predicted to be about 28 mph in the Ale*nui*haha Channel with waves of about 12 feet Monday, the weather service said.

On Sunday the Navy assisted in the search with a P-3 Orion patrol plane.

The Coast Guard did not say how long it will continue searching for Ingraham, but said a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew would search Sunday evening and overnight.



Conditions must be rough if an 87 foot CG cutter turns around.
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Hope they find him, sounds like some rough stuff. Very sad.
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Looks like a Bayfield 25... pretty solid pocket cruiser...
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Re: Missing 25 Foot Sail Boat and Skipper

RIP Ron.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Thanksgiving mayday boater off Kailua-Kona
Dec 02, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for 67-year-old Ron Ingraham who has been missing since Thursday after he placed a mayday call at 8…
The Coast Guard has suspended the search for 67-year-old Ron Ingraham who has been missing since Thursday after he placed a mayday call at 8:03 a.m. saying his vessel was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona.

“The suspension of an active search and rescue case without definitive resolution is one of the most difficult command decisions a commanding officer has to make,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, Sector Commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “We have exhausted all available resources in our efforts to locate Mr. Ingraham but, pending further developments, I have have decided to suspend the active search.”

Coast Guard and Navy crews conducted an extensive search of the area, flying 59 sorties and covering approximately 12,000 square miles since Thursday.

Involved in the search were MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point along with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Honolulu and a Navy P-3 Orion crew from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.

During the course of those flights, Coast Guard HC-130 crews deployed a self-locating datum marker buoy to gather critical information for the development of search areas. To calculate search areas in the complex currents of the Hawaiian Islands, watchstanders use the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System.

SAROPS is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface. These particles are then influenced by environmental data to provide information on search object drift. Using information on a point of origin and local currents, it calculates the most likely area to find a person in the water.

The 67-year-old Ingraham is believed to be the sole person aboard the 25-foot sailing vessel Malia which departed Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai, to Manele Bay, Lanai.

A friend of Ingraham called Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center Friday and cited Tuesday, November 25th as the last time he spoke with him.

Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received the mayday call over VHF radio channel 16 at 8:03 a.m. Thursday. Ingraham reported flooding on his boat and provided a GPS position approximately 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona near Alenuihaha Channel before communications were lost.
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A real shame they did not find him. Those waters there can be really bad. I take it there is a strong current in the channel, but one would think the boat would have left some bit of debris behind. I that when I go (as we all must) being able to go doing something you love is the way to go. My grandfather had a massive heat attack and died on the golf course. The only thing he would likely rather died doing was hunting. To go doing what you love is the way to go.
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Dunno. i would prefer to die in my sleep at 97 after the 20 year old nurse have tucked me in.

This is another very sad case. Also another, third this month, without an EPIRB.


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Dunno. i would prefer to die in my sleep at 97 after the 20 year old nurse have tucked me in.

This is another very sad case. Also another, third this month, without an EPIRB.


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A real shame they did not find him. Those waters there can be really bad. I take it there is a strong current in the channel, but one would think the boat would have left some bit of debris behind. I that when I go (as we all must) being able to go doing something you love is the way to go. My grandfather had a massive heat attack and died on the golf course. The only thing he would likely rather died doing was hunting. To go doing what you love is the way to go.
Weather has been real rough here last two weeks. Strong trades and swell from multple directions. The wind in that channel could easily be 40 Knts with 20 foot breaking waves. the alenuihaha channel is one of worlds most dangerous-trades funneling between two volcanoes one at 10,000 ft and other at 14,000 feet. And cg help by air is 100 miles away. In the white capped covered water, nearly impossible to find much debis, and depth is 5,000 feet. Not a place one wants to have a problem.
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