US: Man survives 12 days adrift in small boat

After surviving 12 days on raw fish in a small boat, a 67-year-old Hawaii fisherman has been located by US coast guards when his family and friends were preparing for his funeral.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014, 15:10 PM IST

Los Angeles: After surviving 12 days on raw fish in a small boat, a 67-year-old Hawaii fisherman has been located by US coast guards when his family and friends were preparing for his funeral.

Ron Ingraham had been missing at sea since early Thanksgiving Day, when he placed two distress calls saying his 25-foot sailing boat, Malia, was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 nautical miles west of Oahu.

He had gone fishing alone Thanksgiving morning, headed toward Manele Bay on the island of Lanai when he went missing.

"We are happy that he was found. We are very excited that we are able to provide some positive closure," said Coast Guard official Scott Carr.

"Our crew arrived in the area within an hour but could not find Ingraham or the Malia," he was quoted as saying by Los Angeles Times.

"It was a really tough decision to suspend the search," he said.

This Tuesday, the Coast Guard picked up an eight-second mayday call from Ingraham, about 64 nautical miles south of Honolulu from where he was traced.

The meeting this Wednesday marked the end of a mystery for friends and family who had been planning a funeral for Ingraham this weekend.

"Crew members reached him within hours and said he was weak, hungry and dehydrated," he said.

The crew provided him with food, water and a shower. They also attempted to fix the outboard engine aboard Malia, which was inoperable.

Despite his ordeal, he looked good when he arrived on land on Wednesday.