Coast Guard Assists Sailboat Taking on Water off Big Island
The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a sailboat crew taking on water a mile off Kihono Bay, Sunday, July 29, 2018.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316) responded to the call and dewatered the 49-foot Hikoroa before towing it safely to Kawaihae Harbor.
There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the water intrusion on the sailboat is unknown at this time.
At 5:40 p.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Hawai‘i County Fire Department responders of a sailboat taking on water in its engineroom with two people aboard.
The Kittiwake crew launched from Kawaihae Harbor and met the distressed vessel. A rescue and response team from the cutter deployed onto the sailboat and dewatered the vessel. The water in the engineroom was reportedly waist-high at 3-feet-5-inches.
The crew of the Kittiwake then put the vessel in tow and brought it safely back to port.
The weather at the time of the incident was winds of 17-mph and seas of 5 feet.