Coast Guard transports crewmember from grounded sailboat off Lanai

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The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 25-year-old woman from a sailing vessel after it ran aground Saturday outside of Kaa Fishpond, Lanai.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification at 7:28 p.m. Saturday from 38-foot sailboat Raven that it was aground and taking on water on the east side of Lanai with three people aboard.

A helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui launched en route to the aground vessel.

When the RB-M crew arrived on scene at 9 p.m., they assessed the location of the vessel and determined that they were unable to maneuver close enough to take the vessel in tow.  The sailboat was hard aground but not in danger of sinking.

Two of the sailboat’s crew would remain overnight on the vessel.

Due to a preexisting medical condition of the third crewmember, watchstanders consulted a flight surgeon who made the recommendation for medical evacuation.

At 12:14 a.m. Sunday, a rescue swimmer was lowered into the water to conduct a hoist of the patient and also supplied back-up VHF radios to the two remaining crew members.

The helicopter crew safely transported the patient to awaiting EMS at Kahului Airport.

The Raven remains hard aground with one crew member aboard until salvage arrangements can be made. The second crew member kayaked into the beach at Kaa Fishpond Sunday morning.

 

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