Coast Guard searching for overdue sailing vessel

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard NewsHONOLULU – The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue sailing vessel with four persons aboard in the vicinity of Manele Bay, Lanai, Saturday.

The white, 34-foot boat, called Larina, departed the La Marina Yacht Club in Honolulu Wednesday evening for a seven-day trip.

An aircrew piloting an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched to search for the Larina at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday. Air Station Barbers Point currently has four HC-130 Hercules airplanes. The Coast Guard is scehedueld to replace these with the new HC-130J “Super Hercules” and HC-130H models. These new models feature modernized equipment and give the aircraft extended range, allowing crews to search longer and farther.

The vessel’s last known location was reported as two hours outside of Manele Bay, Thursday. The reporting party stated she was last in contact with the vessel at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. During the phone call she was told the trip was going well and to expect a call back later in the day. The call back never came.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center personnel were notified of the overdue vessel by the reporting party at 6:48 p.m. Friday.

The Larina crew consists of two men, Travis Aborn and Sam Gary, along with two women, Elizabeth Miles and a woman only identified as Alyssa.

The vessel has not been confirmed to be in distress, however, the Coast Guard requests anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the vessel and crew to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2601.

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