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Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner

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The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing mariner about 50 miles west of Kailua-Kona after receiving his mayday call Thursday.

Ron Ingraham, 67, is believed to be the only person on board the 25-foot sailing vessel "Malia," which set sail from Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai to Manele Bay, Lanai.

In a distress call to the Coast Guard around 8:00 a.m., Ingraham reported flooding in his small boat and said it was in danger of sinking.

The Coast Guard said he provided a GPS position before communications were lost.

An airplane and a helicopter searched the area. The airplane crew dropped a self-locating datum marker buoy to gather critical information for the development of search areas.

The search has covered more than 12-thousand square miles -- with no sign of the "Malia." Comparatively, the total square mileage of the Hawaiian Islands is 6,418.

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