UPDATE: Mariner safe after weathering storm, Coast Guard suspends search
The Coast Guard reports that a mariner who ran into trouble in his 24-foot sailboat off of Hawaii has weathered the storm and is continuing on to San Fransisco.
Initially, the CG was searching for the mariner approximately 944 miles northeast of the main Hawaiian Islands.
CG officials say they received notification at 8:47 a.m. Thursday that the vessel owner, Rimas Meleshyus, transmitted a text via satellite to a friend stating, “I lost my life raft, in danger now.”
An aircraft crew and boat were sent to the vessel's last known position. They were joined in the search by two good samaritan boats.
At 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Meleshyus updated his coordinates and sent a text message via satellite device stating he was alright and did not need any assistance.
Officials say Meleshyus departed from Hilo on Feb. 9 on a solo voyage to San Francisco aboard his vessel Pier Pressure.
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