For the second time in five months, the Coast Guard has suspended a search for Hawaii fisherman Ron Ingraham. The first time came in December, but Ingraham turned up more than a week later—alive and uninjured, living to tell a tale of eating raw fish to stay alive on a battered boat for 12 days after getting caught in a storm. The Coast Guard staged another search for Ingraham after a boat he was aboard ran aground Friday on rocks about a mile west of Lanai. The agency had to suspend the search on Monday evening after covering more than 4,500 square miles from the air and water. Kenny Corder, a friend who was with Ingraham, was rescued a few hours after the Coast Guard received a Mayday call from Munchkin, his 34-foot fishing vessel.
Corder, who owns the boat, told the Coast Guard they didn't have life jackets, and Ingraham was clinging to a life ring when Corder swam back to the boat to retrieve an emergency position-indicating radio beacon. When he got back to the life ring, Ingraham was gone, a Coast Guard spokesman says. The Coast Guard notified Ingraham's son, Zakary Ingraham in Missouri, about the search and subsequent suspension—phone calls he also received last year. Zakary Ingraham recalls pleading with the Coast Guard last year to extend the search. "I held on to hope," he says. "I knew my dad was tough. So I didn't feel like he was gone." (Read more Hawaii stories.)