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Coast Guard Rescues Mariner off O‘ahu Before Boat Capsizes

June 14, 2022, 10:56 AM HST
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At 10:07 p.m., Saturday, the Dolphin helicopter aircrew located the disabled vessel and safely recovered the mariner by conducting a hoist. PC: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a mariner aboard a disabled vessel off Reef Runway on O‘ahu on Saturday, the USCG stated.

The disabled vessel was located by an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew approximately 400 yards offshore.

At 7:48 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received reports regarding a 10-foot disabled vessel with one person aboard 1 nautical mile offshore of Sand Island. The reporting party stated that the mariner had no anchor or radio and that he had very little phone battery left.

The mariner’s phone battery ran out while attempting to gain communication with Sector Honolulu watchstanders, who deployed a Dolphin helicopter aircrew along with a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot response boat-medium crew to assist.

At 10:07 p.m., Saturday, the Dolphin helicopter aircrew located the disabled vessel and safely recovered the mariner by conducting a hoist.

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The aircrew members stated that the disabled vessel capsized shortly after rescuing the mariner who was reported to be in good condition.

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