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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