Search for Missing Boater Suspended

Thursday, August 22, 2002
The Coast Guard suspended its search at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday for missing boater Jason Henderson. The search for Henderson, 30, lasted seven days and covered more than 220,000 square miles (an area larger than the state of California). The search began August 14 when Henderson failed to return from a daylong fishing trip. He was reported missing by his father-in-law, Ronald Noah, to the Hawaii Fire Department at 10 p.m. A local fisherman spotted Henderson in his 12-foot Zodiac at 6 p.m. August 14 a half-mile from shore. The Coast Guard conducted searches using C-130 Hercules airplanes and HH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point. The Navy also searched using P-3 Orions from Patrol Squadron 9 (VP-9) stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. Together the Coast Guard and Navy flew 47 sorties. Searches were also conduced by the Army National Guard, the Civil Air Patrol and the Hawaii County Fire Department.

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