Coast Guard, partners rescue missing mariner off Oahu after 6-day search

Coast Guard, partners rescue missing mariner off Oahu after 6-day search
Archive image: An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65E Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoists rescue dummy during a multi-agency search and rescue exercise off Kauai, Aug. 12, 2021.
The Dolphin aircrew retrieved the rescue dummy from the deck of a Coast Guard Station Kauai 45-foot Response Boat-Medium near Port Allen, Kauai.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Graham.

HONOLULU — Coast Guard, Navy, USAF and partner agencies rescue missing mariner from sailing vessel, Epic, approximately 310 nm southwest of Oahu, Friday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Hart rescued Philip Grenz, last seen Sept. 2, 2021, and transporting him back to Oahu. The sailor was in stable condition.

“With the combined effort from our partners in this search, we were able to find Mr. Grenz and bring him back to safety,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lucas Correia, an operations specialist for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Every agency played a vital role in this rescue by creating a force multiplier to cover such an immense area.”

At 1:25 a.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report of the missing mariner who departed Nawiliwili Harbor and had not arrived at his next port of call in Haleiwa, Oahu. Upon notification, watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched Coast Guard search crews including the Coast Guard Auxiliary, who assisted in the search by conducting physical checks of over 20 harbors, boat ramps, and marinas throughout Oahu and Kauai.

Coast Guard, partners rescue missing mariner off Oahu after 6-day search
Archive image: ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 29, 2020) – A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, transits over the Atlantic Ocean during a photo exercise, March 29, 2020.
VP-4 is currently forward deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and is assigned to Commander, Task Force 67, responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout Europe and Africa.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Juan Sua.

At 10:30 a.m., Thursday, a Navy P-8 Poseidon aircrew located the sailing vessel with the missing mariner onboard approximately 310 nautical miles southwest of Oahu. An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew dropped a rescue kit that contained a radio, water, and food.

Watchstanders requested that the nearby oil tanker, Delta Eurydice, remain in the vicinity of the disabled vessel until the Coast Guard Cutter Hart crew arrived on scene.

The USCGC William Hart crew arrived on scene at approximately 7:20 a.m., rescue the missing mariner and transported him to Oahu.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued a Hazard to Navigation Broadcast to mariners alerting them to the disabled vessel’s location.

Reported weather on scene was winds of 11 mph and seas up to five feet.

Coast Guard, partners rescue missing mariner off Oahu after 6-day search
Archive image: A U.S. Air Force C17 Globemaster III crewed by Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 732nd Airlift Squadron, departs after being refueled KC-10 Extender crewed by Airmen with the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, both with the 514th Air Mobility Wing, during a joint training mission over the East Coast Dec. 8, 2018.
The 514th is an Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Involved in the search and rescue mission:

  • District 14 Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • A Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircrew
  • Civil Air Patrol Cessna 1A2 aircrews
  • Kauai County Ocean Safety
  • Honolulu Fire Department
  • Honolulu Ocean Safety
  • Honolulu County Sheriff’s Office


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