Coast Guard, Ocean Safety rescue kayakers on Molokini Crater

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Ocean Safety rescued two kayakers trapped on Molokini Crater Monday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification at 3:20 p.m. from Maui Fire Department of two kayakers who were beset by weather and were forced onto the rocks on Molokini Crater. After climbing to safety, the kayakers called 911 for assistance.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui and a jet ski from Ocean Safety responded.

At 3:46 p.m., the jet ski arrived on scene and ferried the kayakers from the rock to the awaiting RB-M.

The kayakers were safely brought aboard the RB-M and transported to Station Maui at 4:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported and both kayakers were wearing lifejackets.

On-scene conditions were 29 mile per hour winds and three foot seas. Visibility was eight to ten miles.

The Coast Guard advises the public to always check weather conditions prior to getting underway, know your limits and to always carry the proper safety gear while on the water. This includes life jackets, flares and a VHF marine radio. For more information on boating safety visit

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