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Coast Guard suspends search for Chinese sailor reported overdue off Hawaii

(Image: U.S. Coast Guard, Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules airplane crew) (Image: U.S. Coast Guard, Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules airplane crew)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an experienced trans-Pacific sailor in waters off Oahu.

Authorities said 50-year-old Guo Chuan was sailing his 30-foot catamaran from San Francisco to Shanghai on Tuesday, but has not been heard from for 24 hours. He was trying to break a solo-sailing record.

"Mr. Chuan was a professional mariner with a deep passion for sailing," said Capt. Robert Hendrickson, chief of response, Coast Guard 14th District. "Our deepest condolences go out not only to his family and friends but also to his racing team and the sailing community."

On Wednesday, his 97-foot trimaran dubbed "The Makin Island" was found by the Coast Guard, but there was no sign of Chuan.

A total area of more than 4,600 square miles were covered over a two-day period.

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