A Hawaiian man survived 12 days lost at sea off Hawaii after the Coast Guard gave up his search. The alienated son of the Hawaiian fisherman said that this made him want to reunite with his father after not talking to him since the 90s.
Ron Ingraham, the father of the estranged son arrived on the Molokai Island in Hawaii on Wednesday. The man lives on the island in his boat that was pulled to shore by the Coast Guard.
Tuesday, Ingraham was found hungry and dehydrated after missing since Thanksgiving, when his emergency call was answered by the Coast Guard. The man radioed that he was in risk of sinking at around 500 miles from the Big Island. Officials of the Coast Guard tried to contact his son Zakary Ingraham, 43 year old from Missouri. However, the officials were unable to contact him until the Monday that followed, the day the Coast Guard decided to give up the search.
Zakary said that he thought to himself that at least his father died doing what he loved most. He said he was trying to suppress his emotions but at the same time had the sensation his father was not gone. His son’s feelings were the more complicated as regret stabbed him in the heart because of all the years of lack of contact between them and because his father never had the chance of meeting his 8 year old grandson. After that, Tuesday, Zakary was announced that his father was found hungry and dehydrated but without injures after spending 12 days at sea.
The Coast Guard has no information of how the man survived for so long at sea or what went wrong at the moment.
The Associated Press has made unsuccessful efforts to reach Ron Ingraham through the Coast Guard on Wednesday.
Zakary Ingraham, who is a full time student in college, has said that he will try to get a loan so he can travel in Hawaii in order of seeing his father. He added that he will give his father a big hug the moment he sees him and will try to do anything in his powers to go in Hawaii as soon as it is possible.