US Coast Guard searches for missing BC mariner
The US Coast Guard is searching for a British Columbia sailor last seen by a fellow mariner leaving Hilo, Hawaii, in his boat on Aug. 1.
Lt. Donnie Brzuska said in a release on Friday that Paul Lim of Saltspring Island apparently left Hilo bound for Victoria aboard his 10.7-metre (35-foot) sailing vessel Watercolour.
The US Coast Guard estimates that Lim should have arrived in Victoria by Sept. 10 or 11.
Brzuska said that coast guards at Rescue Coordination Center Alameda, Calif., began broadcasting to mariners along Lim’s possible route on Sept. 21 to be on the lookout for his vessel.
They have queried dozens of commercial vessels along his route and are broadcasting to all mariners along the Pacific coast including Alaska and Hawaii.
A US Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu completed a search in an area between Hilo and Victoria on Thursday with no sign of Lim. (…continue reading)