6 rescued from grounded vessel off Honolulu; mariner rescued off Molokai

Mariners from the 34-foot sailing vessel Malia stand with Petty Officer 2nd Class Erich Klinger, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Barbers Point, following their rescue near Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration/Released)


The Coast Guard conducted two successful rescues — one off Honolulu, the other off Molokai.

Six people were rescued by the Coast Guard Thursday evening after their 34-foot sailing vessel grounded while entering the Keehi Channel off Honolulu.

A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the people from sailing vessel Malia and took them back to the air station.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification at 6:43 p.m. from the vessel’s crew hailing mayday.

When the Coast Guard response boat arrived on scene, it was only able to get within 30 yards of the vessel due to shallow water.

The boat remained on scene until the helicopter crew arrived and successfully hoisted the six people.

There have been no reports of injuries or pollution. The owner of the vessel will work with Sector Honolulu personnel to develop a salvage plan.

The Coast Guard also rescued a mariner in distress near the Kalaupapa Lighthouse off Molokai early Friday morning.

A Coast Guard MH-65 dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the 52-year-old man from his homemade 22-foot fiberglass vessel the Harmony B.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a mayday call at 1:43 a.m. from the master of the Harmony B hailing on VHF channel 16.

The master believed his anchor was no longer holding and was concerned that the weather conditions would push his vessel onto the nearby rocks.

At 3:08 a.m., the dolphin aircrew was on scene safely hoisting the man aboard and took him back to the air station. No injuries were reported.

The captain from the 22-foot sailing vessel Harmony B stands with an MH-65 dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, following their rescue off Molokai. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)
The captain from the 22-foot sailing vessel Harmony B stands with an MH-65 dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, following a rescue off Molokai. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)

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