State roundup for December 5
Missing plane search is halted
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a small plane that went missing over the weekend.
Maui pastry chef Jose Krall, owner of the popular Maui Bake Shop & Deli, is believed to be the only person aboard the Cessna 172 that disappeared Saturday. The plane was going from Maui to Molokai.
The Coast Guard said a debris field was found about two miles north of Maui in the area where the airplane disappeared from radar. A landing gear wheel that could match one on Krall’s aircraft was among the debris.
The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday afternoon.
Honolulu allows siren adoptions
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu residents can adopt a tsunami siren in their neighborhood.
It’s part of a program from the city and county’s emergency management department aimed in part at getting citizens to take ownership of the system.
The department’s John Cummings III says people who adopt a siren are asked to report back on its status — whether it goes off during monthly testing or is vandalized. People are even able to name their sirens.
There’s a smartphone app that allows residents to do this.
Cummings says there are more than 180 sirens in the system, and estimates that eight to 12 don’t sound or don’t sound as loudly as they should during monthly testing.
In recent years, he says there’s also been an increase in vandalism to sirens.
Mariner sends distress signal
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Coast Guard says a rescue mission was launched after a Pacific Ocean mariner sent out a distress signal.
The Coast Guard says the sailing vessel Makalii was about 85 miles northwest of Palmyra Atoll on Sunday when the distress signal was issued at about 8 p.m.
An HC-130 Hercules helicopter was launched about two hours after the signal was received. The helicopter crew located the dismasted sailboat at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.
The Coast Guard says a rescue ship was diverted to help the boat. It was not immediately known Tuesday morning if the ship had reached the sailboat. In the meantime, the Coast Guard aircrew dropped a pump, radio and marker buoy to it.
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