Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department Rescue 4 Off Maili Point, Oahu

HONOLULU (CG Public Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard responded Thursday morning to a distress call from four persons aboard a 19-foot pleasure craft approximately two miles off Maili Point, Oahu. The boat sank and all four persons are safely ashore.

The four boaters called for help at 9:48 a.m. via cell phone and reported their boat was taking on water after it had been swamped by a wave. An air crew aboard a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point and a crew aboard a 41-foot motor lifeboat from Station Honolulu were launched immediately to respond.

The Coast Guard had also notified the Honolulu Fire Department and the City and County of Honolulu’s Ocean Safety Division of the distress call. Two persons from the sinking boat were brought to shore by HFD’s Air 1 helicopter and two were brought to shore by the Coast Guard’s HH-65. City lifeguards from Ocean Safety’s District 4 assisted on the rescue.

All four persons aboard the sinking boat were men. They were safely ashore at 10:41 a.m.

“This is a great example of a quick joint response,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesseca Zane, a search and rescue controller for the Coast Guard in Honolulu. “We launched our assets and contacted HFD and the lifeguards at the same time and were able to save these four guys quickly.”

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