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Missing Mariner Identified as Ron Ingrahm

November 28, 2014, 3:20 PM HST
* Updated November 28, 5:19 PM
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The Coast Guard continued its search Friday for a missing boater who placed a mayday call Thursday at 8:03 a.m.

Ron Ingrahm, 67, was identified by the Coast Guard Friday as the mariner and is believed to be the only person aboard the 25-foot sailing vessel, Malia.

According to Coast Guard reports, a mayday call was received by watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center over VHF radio channel 16.

Ingrahm reported flooding on his boat and provided a GPS position that was about 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona near Alenuihaha Channel, but communications were then lost.

Officials say that Ingrahm departed Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai and was en route to Manele Bay on Lanai.

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Search efforts include an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, as well as a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point. The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ahi that was previously part of the search had to stop its efforts due to weather conditions.

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The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a call from a friend of Ingrahm on Friday, who said said the last time the two had contact was Tuesday.

Weather conditions in the area currently consist of 35-mile-per-hour winds with eight to 15-foot seas.

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