Coast Guard still searching for overdue sailboat operator last seen off Kauaʻi

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FILE – Philip Grenz and his 42-foot sailing vessel “Epic,” Kaua’i, Hawaii, Sept. 7, 2021. (USCG photo)

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The United States Coast Guard is still searching for Philip Grenz and his 42-foot sailing vessel after he reportedly departed from Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauaʻi on Thursday, Sept. 2.

USCG officials said Grenz is approximately 68 years old.

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The sailing vessel named “Epic” is described to have a black hull, USCG officials said. Grenz was reportedly traveling to Haleiwa, Oahu.

Officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 7, an Air Station Barbers Point aircrew, an USCG Cutter, a Navy aircrew, an Air Force aircrew, the Kauai Fire Department and Ocean Safety as well as the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety were all involved in the search.

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Anyone with information or sightings call call USCG officials at (808)-842-2600.

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