Two rescued from sailboat fire, vessel sinks

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – Coast Guardsmen, members of the Honolulu Fire Deptartment and Ocean Safety responded to a 62-foot recreational sailing vessel on fire approximately one mile south of Waikiki, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu were notified that the sailing vessel Ke Ao Lele was on fire at 1:35 p.m. Crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Honolulu responded. The Coast Guard established a safety zone around the vessel.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded with members from Honolulu Fire Rescue Company #1, the 120-foot fire boat Moku Ahi, a 24-foot rescue boat and a helicopter carrying two rescue swimmers. Ocean Safety also assisted in the response with members aboard two jet skis.

The two individuals aboard the sailing vessel donned life jackets and abandoned the vessel, swimming approximately 50 yards. They were located and rescued by the passenger vessel, Snoopy V and taken to Kewolo Basin with minor injuries. They were treated and released by emergency medical services.

“The Coast Guard, fire department and Ocean Safety continue to work in cooperation to respond to incidents on the water,” said Capt. Terry Selig, public information officer for the Honolulu Fire Dept.

The fire was reportedly out by 2 p.m. but the wreckage was left smoldering. The Ke Ao Lele Ana reportedly sank at 3:10 p.m. in 800 feet of water approximately three miles south of Pearl Harbor.

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