Coast Guard Teams with Honolulu Fire Department for Catamaran Rescue

HONOLULU — Rescue crews with the U.S. Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and City & County of Honolulu Ocean Safety Division partnered for a seamless and extremely successful inter-agency rescue today off Diamond Head.

Coast Guard crews aboard a C-130 search plane, HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and 47-foot motor lifeboat teamed with HFD crews aboard the HFD Fire 1 helicopter and HFD small boat, and Ocean Safety rescue personnel aboard the Rescue 1 jet ski to successfully bring six persons to shore from the capsized 30-foot catamaran Manju.

The six-person crew of the Manju was racing from Maui to Oahu when the boat capsized a half mile from shore near the Suicides surf spot off Diamond Head, just ewa of the Diamond Head buoy. A bystander at the Diamond Head lookout called the Coast Guard from a cell phone at 12:03 p.m. and then called 911.

Two Ocean Safety Rescue 1 jet ski lifeguards partnered with HFD small boat crews to transfer the six persons to the Coast Guard 47-footer. The Coast Guard C-130 and HH-65 helicopter were stood down at 12:30 p.m. and HFD’s Fire 1 remained overhead to supervise the transfer.

All six persons were transferred by 1 p.m. to the Coast Guard 47-footer and the Manju was then taken under tow. The Coast Guard 47 transferred the six rescued persons and the Manju to the Ala Wai Boat Harbor by 2:33 p.m. and the case was closed.

“This was an outstanding example of cooperation between the Coast Guard, HFD and Ocean Safety,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Matt Couling, a search and rescue controller with the Coast Guard’s Sand Island operations center.

“Everyone knew what was going on at all times, we had great communications on the radios, phones and on scene. It was a textbook rescue — everyone got there fast and no one was hurt.”

No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard communicates directly with HFD and Ocean Safety via an 800-megahertz radio link.

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