The U.S. Coast guard reports today a 42 foot sailboat has been caught in the midst of Hurricane Julio and is taking on water 414 miles NE of Oahu.
At 7:15 a.m. local time, watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) in Honolulu received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Texas*of a distress*call from the sailboat Walkbout with three souls on board.
Conditions at the time of the call were 92 to 115 mph winds with 30-foot seas. One of the hatches has blown away and onboard bilge pumps are unable to keep up with the flooding, according to the report received by the Coast Guard. *The vesselís life raft has also been blown overboard.
JRCC diverted an airplane from the National Hurricane Center, Teal 76, from inside Hurricane Julio to locate the vessel and establish VHFradiocommunications.
At 10:49 a.m., Teal 76 reported Mayday calls being broadcast from Walkabout.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched from Air Station Barbers Point at 11:10 a.m. to deliver a life raft and relieve Teal 76.
The 661-foot container ship Manukai, owned by Matson, has diverted and is enroute to the location of the sailboat.
20 years and too many miles to count under the stern.
Edit: She looks to be a solid and sturdy boat. Still holding herself upright in those conditions. I guess once her sails shredded and the incoming water damaged her propulsion, the crew made the call. Still sad to see such a ship be abandoned.
UPDATE 1757 EST 11 August: All three crewmembers from the sailing vessel Walkabout are safely aboard the containership MV Manukai and enroute to Honolulu after spending 24 hours battling the effects of Hurricane Julio aboard a disabled sailboat 414 miles northeast of Oahu Monday, the Coast Guard said.