A solo sailor who confessed that he “got really lucky” when he was rescued from his capsized sailboat in December after surviving 12 days may have run out of luck in a second capsize.
The Coast Guard continues to search for a missing mariner after the 34-foot fishing vessel named Munchkin he was aboard capsized Friday approximately one mile west of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
While Ron Ingraham remains missing, the Coast Guard rescued his friend and crew mate Kenny Corder after he and Ingraham went into the water at 12:12 a.m. Friday from their 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin, according to a report by KHON 2 News.
Corder told KHON they had just finished fishing and were headed back to Molokai with their catch, but first they took a quick break to eat and relax.
That’s when, Corder says, a couple of rogue waves lifted the Munchkin onto the reef and “the boat was in pieces” within seconds.
“Luckily, I was able to get a mayday call out,” he said. “But by the time the third wave came, by then it was, ‘Grab the microphone and call the Coast Guard and grab the EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon).'”
After the vessel was destroyed, Corder says he and Ingraham jumped into the water.
“He grabbed a big piece of wood, I grabbed a piece of wood and we had an orange life ring,” he said. “I could see the EPIRB out in the deeper water. I said Ron, ‘Hold on to the piece of wood, I’m gonna go grab the EPIRB, I’ll be right back.’ When I came back, the orange ring was gone, the piece of wood was gone (and) Ron was gone.”
On Thanksgiving 2014, the Coast Guard received two mayday calls from Ingraham, who was sailing alone from Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai to Manele Bay on Lanai.
He said his boat, Malia, was taking on water and in danger of sinking.
He was found 12 days later, on Dec. 9, 64 miles south of Honolulu. He was weak and dehydrated, but otherwise okay.