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Coast Guard finds sailboat reported overdue; all aboard safe

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:14 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 2012

A Coast Guard crew from Honolulu found a sailboat reported as overdue and the four people aboard were safe, officials said yesterday.

The 34-foot, white boat, called Larina, left La Marina Yacht Club in Honolulu Wednesday evening for a seven-day trip. The vessel was reported missing by a female who said she last received a call from the people on the boat at 5:45 p.m. Thursday when she was told that the trip was going well, according to the Coast Guard. She was also told to expect a call back later that day but never received a call. The vessel's last known location was reported as two hours west of Manele Bay.

The Coast Guard in Honolulu were notified of the overdue vessel at 6:48 p.m. Friday and launched a search at 9 a.m. today with an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point.

The crew located the boat about 9:30 a.m. and contacted the four mariners by VHF radio. They were not in any distress and reported no injuries, officials said.

The Coast Guard encourages mariners to file a float plan with a responsible friend, family member or their local harbormaster.

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