Sailboat operator rescued by Coast Guard off Oahu after spending week alone at sea

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – The U.S. Coast Guard said its crews and partner agencies successfully rescued a sailboat operator 310 miles off Oahu on Friday, Sept. 10, after the man departed Nawiliwili Harbor. from Kauaʻi on Thursday, September 2.

A US Navy crew had spotted Philip Grenz on Thursday, September 9, about 350 miles southeast of Oahu and a crew from Barbers Point Air Station then dropped off a rescue kit containing a radio, water and food.

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Grenz was reportedly in stable condition on Sept. 10, according to Coast Guard officials.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of our partners in this search, we were able to locate Mr. Grenz and bring him to safety. Each agency played a vital role in this rescue by creating a force multiplier to cover such a huge area.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lucas Correia

Coast Guard Cutter William Hart officially rescued Granz just after 7:20 a.m. on September 10. Grenz was reported missing Saturday, September 4 at 1:25 a.m. after he failed to arrive in Haleiwa.

The Coast Guard and other participating agencies launched search teams that consisted of physical checks at more than 20 ports, boat launches and marinas across Oahu and Kauaʻi. Officials said Grenz was on the deck of his ship waving his hands in the air when Navy crew spotted him off Oahu around 10:30 a.m. on September 9.

After the second crew dropped the rescue kit at Grenz, a nearby tanker remained in the vicinity until the Cutter arrived on 10 September.

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Officials did not give details of how Grenz – described as around 68 years old – managed to survive the 7-day expedition.

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