Coast Guard Suspends Search for Possible Mariners in Distress

As of Sunday afternoon, the United States Coast Guard has suspended the search for a possible boater in distress near the Kona Airport, pending further developments.

After approximately eight hours of searching following a received mayday call, the case was suspended with no signs of boaters in distress and no reports of overdue swimmers or boaters in the area.

At approximately 12:30 p.m.Saturday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a mayday call over channel 16 and used the Rescue 21 system to track the location of the call to approximately 4 miles northwest of Kona Airport.

The search was conducted by the Coast Guard, local emergency services and units involved in the Rim of the Pacific exercises off of Hawai`i.

Involved in the search were:
-An MH-Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
-The crew of the Coast Guard Gutter Joseph Gerzcak (WPC 1126)
-A Hawaii County Fire Department Air 1 helicopter crew
-A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircrew
-The crew of the Royal Australian Navy HMAS Success (OR 304)

Anyone with information regarding the mayday call is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.