Coast Guard Responds to Grounded Sailboat

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard sent pollution investigators early this morning to the scene of a grounded sailing vessel in Waikiki. Two people are reported safe after the Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department responded to a distress call at 1:22 a.m. Dec. 18.

Friends of a man and woman aboard the 36-foot lancer sloop TeraMoana reported the two and the vessel overdue to the Coast Guard and HFD at 7:30 p.m. last night. The Coast Guard read an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) over marine channel 16 until HFD’s Air One spotted the TeraMoana almost a mile and a half off shore at midnight.

The man and woman — both in their 40s — indicated at that time to HFD they were fine and did not need assistance. At 1:22 a.m., the Coast Guard received a “mayday” call from the TeraMoana on marine channel 16 and the caller said the vessel had run aground and was taking on water. The Coast Guard launched a 41-foot motor lifeboat and crew from Honolulu to respond.

HFD helped the man and woman ashore from the sailboat — which is still 200 yards offshore on the reef in front of the Outrigger Reef Hotel in Waikiki near Fort DeRussy Park.

Almost 15 gallons of marine diesel fuel was removed and Coast Guard pollution investigators will determine this morning if there is any further threat to the environment. There was not reported to be any other fuel or oil remaining aboard.

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