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Coast Guard search for overdue sailboat SS Chuckahui Kai off Hawaii

Coast Guard search for overdue sailboat SS Chuckahui Kai off Hawaii. HC-130 Air Station Barbers Point. HC-130J Hercules. HC-130 Hercules.
Archive image: Air Station Barbers Point, the HC-130 Hercules is a long-range surveillance and transport fixed-wing aircraft that is used to perform search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, military readiness, and International Ice Patrol missions, as well as cargo and personnel transport.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

HONOLULU — Coast Guard USCGC Oliver Berry and HC-130 Hercules are search for the overdue private sailing vessel SS Chuckahui Kai between Oahu and Maui, Monday.

Crews aboard an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules plane, the Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124), Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316), and a Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium are conducting searches of the area.

 There are two mariners reported aboard the vessel. One is a 46-year-old Amanda Dobos, while the other is 51-year-old Gerald Mcullogh.

Coast Guard search for overdue sailboat SS Chuckahui Kai off Hawaii.
The Coast Guard is searching for the overdue private sailing vessel SS Chuckahui Kai between Oahu and Maui, June 8, 2020. Anyone with information regarding the missing sailboat is requested to contact Sector Honolulu on Channel 16 or at 808-842-2600.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

«The vessel is a double-masted, black-hulled, 34-foot sailing vessel with red and yellow trim,» said Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Barger, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. «We request anyone transiting the area keep a sharp lookout for the vessel or signs of distress and report any information to us over Channel 16 or at 808-842-2600

Monday evening, a friend of the SS Chuckahui Kai’s owner notified Sector Honolulu watchstanders of the situation. The vessel was being moved from Ala Wai Harbor, Oahu, to Lahaina, Maui, to be sold. The pair departed Oahu Saturday morning. The ship was expected in Maui no later than Monday.

Coast Guard search for overdue sailboat SS Chuckahui Kai off Hawaii. Cutter Oliver Berry. USCGC Oliver Berry.
Archive image: the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) travels to their new Homeport in Honolulu.
The Oliver Berry is the first of three 154-foot fast response cutters to be stationed in Hawaii.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders deployed the Coast Guard assets to begin searching the area and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners. Watchstanders also reached out to local emergency services to advise them.

The weather on scene is reportedly winds of 17 mph with seas up to two feet.

-USCG-

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