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Press Release | Feb. 2, 2024

Coast Guard searching for sailing vessel Malulani navigating from LA to Hawaii



ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the assistance of the maritime community in the search for 60-year-old Noel Rubio and the sailing boat “Malulani.

The vessel Malulani is a 32-foot Westsail sloop that departed Long Beach, California, December 28 enroute to Kaneohe, O’ahu, Hawaii, crewed by the 60-year-old Noel Rubio with a planned arrival date of January 18. 

The Coast Guard is using all available means to determine the Malulani’s location, including urgent marine information broadcasts (UMIB) and harbor checks in California, Hawaii, and Mexico. He last made contact via cellphone December 28, from south of Catalina Island, California informing a friend that he was enroute to Hawaii. The only means of communication aboard the vessel Malulani is a VHF-FM marine band radio.

“The Coast Guard is greatly appreciative of the expert consult advice on weather and routes provided by experienced trans-pacific sailors,” said Douglas Samp, a search and rescue (SAR) mission coordinator in the Rescue Coordination Center Alameda . “Mariners intending to conduct an open ocean passage are highly encouraged to have multiple layers of communication, including a VHF-FM DSC radio, HF DSC radio, satellite communications, and a 406Mhz electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) as the notification of last resort to help SAR authorities locate your position in a time of need.”

Please report any information or sightings of the S/V Malulani or Noel Rubio to JRCC Alameda at 510-437-3701, or JRCC Honolulu at 808-535-3333,