Honolulu – A mariner in distress is awaiting rescue after his sailing vessel was dismasted approximately 85 miles northwest of Palmyra Atoll Sunday.
Watchstanders in Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a Personal Locator Beacon alert from the sailing vessel Makalii at 8 p.m. Sunday.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 10 p.m. Sunday to locate the vessels after attempts to contact the vessel were unsuccessful.
The aircrew located the dismasted sailboat at 2:30 a.m. Monday. The master, James Blackford, reported the vessel was also taking on water when his vessel was dismasted, but was now under control. He reported no injuries or medical concerns. The aircrew dropped a pump, radio, and a Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy. It was reported that Blackford has food and water.
An Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System ship, the Global Explorer, was diverted to assist Blackford. The crew of the Global Explorer is scheduled to rendezvous with the Makalii at approximately 10 p.m.