Good Samaritans rescue two boaters after tow capsizes

HONOLULU — A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu responded to assist two boaters after their vessel capsized almost two miles off Kahala Beach, Thursday.

The Coast Guard district command center got the mayday call concerning a vessel in distress at 3:38 p.m., Thursday.

Coast Guard District 14 LogoMariners aboard the Marlin Queen, a 24-foot powerboat reported they were towing a 20-foot sailboat when it capsized tossing the two members aboard into the water.

Search and rescue coordinators immediately conducted an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast directed at all mariners in the area and launched a rescue crew aboard Station Honolulu’s 45-foot Response Boat – Medium.

Crewmembers aboard the Tailwalker, a commercial vessel transiting near the area of distress responded to the call for help stating they were one half mile from the distressed vessel and en route. The Tailwalker’s crew rushed to the scene and plucked the two people from the water about 4:30 p.m., around the same time the Coast Guard arrived to provide assistance.

“The Coast Guard can’t be everywhere all the time and Good Samaritans like the Tailwalker crew act as a rescue force multiplier out there,” said Lt. Bernard Auth, the command center chief at Sector Honolulu. “It’s great to know we have mariners who are willing to respond on a moment’s notice.”

The unregistered 20-foot sailboat was found dismasted and overturned; however, no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard towed the sailboat to Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor where they will conduct an investigation of the incident.

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