The pilot contacted the Hawaii National Guard on Sunday and reported his aircraft had approximately three hours of fuel remaining and he would be ditching 230 miles north east of Maui.
The Coast Guard has launched crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point.
The aircraft is reported as a single engine Cirrus SR-22 (tail number N7YT) with one person aboard.
UPDATE #1 - The pilot of a single engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft that ran out of fuel is safe after ditching his aircraft 253 miles northeast of Maui, Hawaii, on Sunday.
The pilot was able to deploy the aircraft’s parachute system and safely exit the aircraft into a life raft.
The Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu identified the cruise ship Veendam, en route to Lahaina, Maui, and coordinated the pilot’s ditch near their location.
The crew of the Veendam rescued the pilot. The pilot was reported to be in good condition. The aircraft was last observed partially submerged.
Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were seas of nine to 12 feet and winds of 25 to 28 miles per hour.
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Barbers Point assisted the pilot during the process of ditching his aircraft and maintained communications throughout the ditching process. The Hercules crew remained on scene until the pilot was safely aboard the Veendam.
The flight originated in Tracy, Calif., and was destined for Kahului Maui.