11 people rescued after ship sinks off Oahu

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — Eleven people are safe after a 95-foot towing vessel sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a call at 3:13 p.m., via VHF Channel 16 from the pilot aboard the towing vessel Nalani stating their vessel was taking on water and they were in danger of sinking.

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu, Jan. 22, 2015. The tug sank approximately two and a half miles off of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu and all 11 people were rescued. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kevin Cooper)

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu, Jan. 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kevin Cooper)

The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu launched to the scene along with a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.

Sector Honolulu sent out an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to Mariners notifying vessels in the area of the situation.

The towing vessel Tiger 7 and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration patrol boat heard the UMIB and arrived on scene to assist.

The crew of the NOAA vessel safely rescued 9 crew members, and the Tiger 7 crew rescued 2. No injuries were reported.

The RBM arrived on scene shortly after the rescue and safely transferred all 11 survivors aboard and for transport back to Station Honolulu.

The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the sinking and has begun interviews with the crew. The cause of the sinking is unknown and is under investigation.

All 11 survivors were wearing lifejackets.

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