Fifteen boaters are safe Sunday night after a Good Samaritan vessel saved them from their burning boat off Hawaii Kai’s Maunalua Bay.
Honolulu firefighters got the call of a boat in distress around 6:24 p.m., around the same time several viewers reported to KHON2 of a boat fire in the same location. The Coast Guard also responded to the scene.
The ages of those saved ranged from their mid-20s to 30s. All passengers were reported to be uninjured.
Firefighters say the boaters anchored the burning vessel, which is considered a total loss, before leaving it and radioed a call for help from the rescue boat.
The scorched boat is located out by the first channel marker outside Maunalua Bay, several hundred yards offshore.
According to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Oahu Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, the 36-foot cabin motorboat was called Aquadelica.
The boat eventually sank. Coast Guard crews found the vessel in about 15 feet of water. The Coast Guard reported a light sheen of fuel which has since dissipated.
Officials say if they don’t receive a salvage plan by Tuesday morning, they’ll decide whether to step in to remove the vessel as a safety hazard.