Coast Guard rescues 2 from grounded sailboat near Molokai

A 43-foot sailboat, Mithrandirs Dream, grounded approximately five miles east of Kaunakakai Harbor, Feb. 5, 2016. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point hoisted the two sailors aboard and safely transferred them to Kahului Airport, Maui. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point/Released)

A 43-foot sailboat, Mithrandirs Dream, grounded approximately five miles east of Kaunakakai Harbor, Feb. 5, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point)

HONOLULU — A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point hoisted two sailors after their sailboat grounded near Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai, Friday.

The two men were hoisted to safety and taken to Kahului Airport where they were met by EMS.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification at 1:53 a.m. from Towboat US reporting the 43-foot sailing vessel Mithrandirs Dream grounded approximately five miles east of Kaunakakai Harbor.

The Dolphin crew launched from Air Station Barbers Point as well as a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui. Ground crews responded from the Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department.

At 3:35 a.m., the Dolphin crew arrived on scene and lowered the rescue swimmer onto the sailing vessel. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to ensure they have the proper emergency equipment aboard prior to any departure. Emergencies are unexpected and occur to even the most experienced mariners. Having life-saving equipment like a VHF-FM radio, life jackets, flares and an emergency position indicating radio beacon or personal locator beacon can make a critical difference in reducing risk should the unexpected happen.

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