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Sailboat located; phone broken

May 6, 2013
The Maui News

The crew aboard the California-bound sailing vessel Siesta has been located in no distress, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Sunday.

The boat and its crew were found 494 miles northeast of Honolulu on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, the Coast Guard had issued a request for assistance in locating the vessel after crew members had failed to contact friends in Honolulu on schedule.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu were contacted by the crew aboard the motor vessel Kristen Picer, a Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, at approximately 8:55 a.m. Sunday that they had located the Siesta. The Kristen Picer crew responded to a marine broadcast and assisted the Coast Guard in locating the 44-foot sailing vessel.

The Siesta crew reported a malfunction in its satellite phone as the reason for loss of communications.



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