Coast Guard, U.S. Navy continue search for man overboard in North Pacific

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard and U.S. Navy continue the search Monday for a man who fell overboard from a sailing vessel in the North Pacific early Sunday.

The Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu was notified by Marine Rescue Coordination Center Falmouth, United Kingdom, that Luke Stinson, one of the two person crew, had fallen overboard from the 38-foot sailing vessel Jonetsu. Stinson was reportedly wearing a yellow lifejacket with a light beacon and conscious when he fell into the water. The second crewmember, Laura Beinon, did not have enough sailing experience to safely navigate the vessel alone.

The U.S. Navy warship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), a Tarawa Class amphibious assault ship, was diverted from their homeward bound transit to assist in the search. Peleliu deployed two MH-60 helicopters at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday to conduct search patterns. One MH-60 helicopter located the sailing vessel and conducted a basket hoist to remove Beinon and return her safely to Peleliu with no reported injuries.

“The world’s maritime community lives by a tradition of rendering assistance to mariners in distress,” said Adm. Charles Ray, Commander of the Coast Guard’s 14th District. “The level of cooperation from the U.S. Navy has been unprecedented. I want to thank the crew of the USS Peleliu for diverting from their regular duties and honoring this tradition with the swift rescue of Laura Beinon, and ongoing search for Luke Stinson.”

The search for Stinson continues. Two HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, alternated searches from Midway Atoll and Wake Island throughout Sunday, Sunday night and Monday. During Sunday night, two U.S. Navy MH-60 helicopters and two CH-46 helicopters conducted six more searches of the area.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu is using the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System to identify search areas. SAROPS is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface which are influenced by environmental data to provide information on drift.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Luke Stinson in this difficult time,” said Ray. “Our crews remain vigilant and thorough in their continued search.”

On scene weather conditions in the search area for Monday are clear visibility, four foot seas and 10 mph winds.

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  1. Bree says:

    Almighty and Everlasting God, Whose hand stills the tumult of the deep, we offer our prayers for those who serve in our Coast Guard. We are mindful of their traditions of selfless service to the seafarers who make their ways to appointed ports.

    Employ their devotions of good ends as they track the weather and search for the seas for those in extremity of storm, shipwreck or battle. Make their soundings and markings sure that safe passages may be found by those who go down to the sea in ships.

    Encourage them, O Lord, as they stand guard over our coasts and the bulwarks of our freedoms. Graciously deliver them from threatening calamities in all their perilous voyages.

    Bless the keepers of the lights and be Thou their close friend in lonely watches. Keep the beacons of honor and duty burning that they may reach the home port with duty well performed, in service to Thee and our land. Amen!