Missing Sailboat Found Safe
HONOLULU (CBSLA.com) — A California-bound sailboat, which was reported missing, was located Sunday.
The Coast Guard was contacted about 8:55 a.m. and told the 44-foot “Siesta”, which went missing Friday, was located in no distress.
“The Siesta crew reported a malfunction in their satellite phone as the reason for loss of communications,” officials said in a statement.
The Siesta plans to continue to its destination.
The Coast Guard had asked the public’s help Saturday to keeping an eye out for the vessel.
“Mariners are reminded that filing a float plan with a family member or friend is highly recommended and may provide rescue crews with the essential information needed to find you if you’re in distress,” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer.
A float plan includes the intended time of departure, intended destination, duration of the voyage and estimated time of return. In the event a crew does not return at the designated time, the Coast Guard can begin a search.
Sample float plans can be downloaded from the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division website.