Mocobizscene- The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting a search for a missing sailor who was expected to arrive in Hawaii after a planned three-week sail.
Noel Rubio, 60, set sail from Long Beach, California, on December 28th aboard his vessel, Malulani, as reported by the Coast Guard. His destination was Oahu, Hawaii, with an estimated arrival date of January 18th.
Rubio, unfortunately, never made it to the area as planned, according to the Coast Guard. Surprisingly, he hasn’t been in touch with anyone since his departure on December 28th. On that day, he spoke to a friend over the phone and informed them that he was heading towards Hawaii.
Rubio’s boat is equipped with a 32-foot Westsail sloop, which includes a marine band radio for communication purposes. This radio serves as the sole form of communication on board the ship, according to the Coast Guard.
According to a news release, Douglas Samp, a search and rescue mission coordinator at the Coast Guard’s Alameda Rescue Coordination Center, emphasized the importance of having multiple communication methods available for those attempting an open-ocean crossing.
The Coast Guard is actively utilizing all available resources to locate the ship, issuing urgent marine information broadcasts and conducting harbor checks in California, Hawaii, and Mexico. They are also receiving input from other sailors regarding possible routes that Rubio may have chosen. In addition, experts are providing insights on how weather patterns could have affected Rubio’s journey, as stated by Samp.
Samp expressed deep gratitude for the invaluable guidance received from seasoned trans-pacific sailors regarding weather conditions and optimal routes.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Rubio or the Malulani, the Coast Guard urges you to contact them right away. You can reach out to JRCC Alameda at 510-437-3701 or [email protected]. Alternatively, you can contact JRCC Honolulu at 808-535-3333 or [email protected]. Your assistance could be crucial in locating them.
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