Seattle sailor missing in Hawaii found safe

HONOLULU — A 66-year-old Seattle man who failed to show up at his destination while sailing in the Hawaiian islands has been found safe after two weeks at sea, the Coast Guard said.

Officials said Ira Foreman arrived at Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island on Sunday after apparently encountering strong winds that blew his 36-foot sailboat off course.

Foreman set sail from Kauai on “Arcturus” on Dec. 17 with plans to arrive at Keehi Lagoon on Oahu a day later. He never showed up and his ex-wife reported him missing a week later. The Coast Guard launched a search on Christmas Day.

After scouring more than 200,000 square miles by air and sea, the Coast Guard on Thursday called off its efforts.

Foreman contacted his ex-wife by cellphone Saturday evening and said he had encountered strong winds but was never in distress.

The Coast Guard later located Foreman’s boat but was unable to contact him until Sunday morning. He arrived at Honokohau Harbor at 3 p.m.

Capt. Joanna Nunan said the Coast Guard is eager to meet with Foreman to learn about this “very challenging case.”

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