Coast Guard responds to sailboat fire off Honolulu

Video still courtesy Lt. Kevin Cooper/U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard responded to a report Thursday of a sailboat on fire off Honolulu.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu towed the vessel Ka Imi Kai with five people aboard to Pier 38 in Honolulu.

Sector Honolulu Command Center watchstanders received a report at 9 a.m. from patrons at Aloha Tower of the sailboat on fire about a mile off Sand Island.

The watchstanders immediately diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau’s smallboat crew, already underway in the harbor for training, to the sailboat. Upon arrival, the rescue crews assessed the situation and found the crew aboard the sailboat had put the fire out with an extinguisher. No injuries or pollution were reported.

Due to the fact the crew operates the sailboat as a commercial fishing vessel, the Coast Guard is assessing the damage to the vessel and investigating the cause of the fire.

Fishermen are reminded Coast Guard fishing vessel safety exams become mandatory for commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond 3 miles from shore after Oct. 15. To schedule an exam please contact Charlie Medlicott at 808-535-3417.

Members of a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu converse with the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Ka Imi Kai after its moored at Pier 38 in Honolulu Aug. 27, 2015. The Coast Guard is assessing the damage to the vessel and investigating the cause of the fire that resulted in the vessel being towed to port. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Quichocho)
Members of a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu converse with the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Ka Imi Kai after its moored at Pier 38 in Honolulu Aug. 27, 2015. The Coast Guard is assessing the damage to the vessel and investigating the cause of the fire that resulted in the vessel being towed to port. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Quichocho)

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