USCG, Partner Agencies Rescue Missing Mariner

Six days after he was reported missing, a mariner was rescued by members of the U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies Friday.

Philip Grenz, who operated the sailing vessel Epic, was found about 310 nautical miles southwest of Oahu.

Grenz, who was last seen leaving Nawiliwili Harbor on Sept. 2, was reported missing after failing to arrive at his next port in Haleiwa, Oahu.

Search crews checked more than 20 harbors, boat ramps, and marinas in Oahu and Kauai, according to USCG. On Thursday morning, a Navy P-8 Poseidon aircrew found the missing boat and an Air Station Barbers Point C-130 Hercules aircrew sent a rescue kit with food, water and a radio.

He was rescued by Coast Guard cutter William Hart crew members and taken to Oahu where he is reportedly in stable condition, the USCG said.

“With the combined effort from our partners in this search, we were able to find Mr. Grenz and bring him back to safety,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lucas Correia, an operations specialist for Sector Honolulu. “Every agency played a vital role in this rescue by creating a force multiplier to cover such an immense area.”

By Karen Robes Meeks