The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:28 a.m. for boaters in distress off the Sand Island area in Honolulu. Four HFD units responded with approximately 12 personnel. HFD units were joined by watercraft from Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) and Ocean Safety rescue skis. In total, two boats, one helicopter, and three jet skis responded to this incident, which was reported as 12 paddlers needing assistance after their canoes overturned.
The first HFD unit arrived at 10:37 a.m. and began the search for the paddlers. Ocean Safety rescue skis arrived at scene, found the paddlers needing assistance, and stabilized their canoes until larger watercraft from the HFD and ARFF could arrive. Rescuers were able to assist the paddlers and their canoes back to the Sand Island Recreational area. Since there were no injuries, the HFD did not request the Emergency Medical Services.
This incident was a great example of the coordination between different agencies operating in Honolulu. HFD appreciates the efforts and assistance of the City and County Ocean Safety and State Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting departments.