HFD RESPONDS TO BOAT IN DISTRESS TO FIND TWO VESSELS IN TROUBLE

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:59 p.m. for a boat in distress in Kaneohe Bay. Four units, staffed with 12 personnel, responded.

A 20-foot sailboat, with a captain and four passengers on board, ran aground on an unmarked reef approximately 1.35 miles off shore. The 911 caller, who was on the boat, said there were no injuries, no fire and they were not taking on water.

The HFD established command at the Laenani Neighborhood Park and was initially informed that Waterfront Operations from Marine Corps Base Hawaii was not responding to this incident.

Due to darkness approaching, the HFD deployed Air 1 to help spot the sailboat, then launched its Rescue 2 boat to get close as it could to the sailboat. A rescue swimmer then paddled about 100 yards on a board to the sailboat and made contact at 8:25 p.m.

Upon arriving at the sailboat, HFD discovered a Boston Whaler, overturned nearby. Apparently, its captain tried to help the sailboat which caused his own vessel to flip over. The captains of both the sailboat and Boston Whaler refused to get off their vessels.

However, the HFD rescue swimmer helped transport four women from the sailboat to a small boat belonging to Waterfront Operations, which assisted with the incident after all. The women were returned to the Marine Base where they began the boating experience.

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