POSTED: 05:41 p.m. HST, Jul 07, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 01:14 a.m. HST, Jul 08, 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.