GOOD NEWS Man Lost at Sea Rescued 9 Days After Search Called Off
The Coast Guard and U.S. Navy rescued a man off the coast of Hawaii on Tuesday, nine days after the search and rescue mission had been called off.
After making a distress call that his boat was in danger of sinking, Ron Ingraham went missing 12 days ago.
A search that covered 12,000 square miles and included a plane, a helicopter and multiple boats was unable to locate Ingraham and was called off on Dec. 1.
Rescue crews were reportedly shocked to receive a mayday call from Ingraham yesterday.
Using the USS Paul Hamilton, they were able to pinpoint his location, 64 miles off the coast of Honolulu, where they found him tired and dehydrated.
Despite his ordeal, Ingraham will reportedly be OK.
Ingraham initially placed a mayday call at 8:03 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, saying his vessel was taking on water 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona. A second mayday call from Ingraham was received that same day.
However, the two distress calls were followed by 12 days of silence. Then, at 7:55 Tuesday morning, Ingraham was able to issue a third and final mayday, asking anyone nearby for help.
"Got a mayday here, a mayday," Ingraham is heard saying over his radio. "Anybody picking this up?" he added as the scratchy transmission cut off.
As luck would have it, the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton was 14 miles away and reached Ingraham about an hour later. He was found 64 miles south of Honolulu.
Ingraham's friends on Lanai were planning his memorial service Saturday at Kaumalapau Harbor. Now they say it's likely to turn into a celebration.
Watch the clip above and see raw footage of the rescue below.