Coast Guard rescues 6 people from grounded vessel off Honolulu

A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopterHONOLULU — Six people were rescued by the Coast Guard Thursday evening after their 34-foot sailing vessel grounded while entering the Keehi Channel off Honolulu.

A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the people from sailing vessel Malia and took them back to the air station. 

“We are very proud of our search and rescue assets and that we could assist these six people in distress safely and efficiently,” said Lt. j. g. Victoria Lacefield-Rodriguez, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our crews are always ready to respond to emergent search and rescue.”

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification at 6:43 p.m.from the vessel’s crew hailing mayday on VHF channel 16.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu launched, but upon arriving on scene was only able to get within 30-yards of the vessel due to shallow water.

The RB-M crew remained on scene until the helicopter crew arrived and successfully hoisted the six people.

There have been no reports of injuries or pollution. The owner of the vessel will work with Sector Honolulu personnel to develop a salvage plan.

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