The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 6:46 p.m. for boaters in
distress. This was reportedly a 37-foot sailboat that had run aground approximately
three quarters of a mile off shore in Keehi Lagoon. Four HFD units responded with
approximately 12 personnel. HFD units were joined by watercraft crews from Airport
Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) and Ocean Safety (OS).
The first HFD unit arrived at 6:56 p.m. and established command. HFD’s Rescue 1
Boat was launched and HFD’s Fire Communication Center (FCC) maintained phone
contact. The FCC was able to determine there were four occupants on the vessel, of
which two had sustained injuries. An approximately 40-year-old male had sustained
lacerations to his left wrist and finger. The second victim, an approximately 65-year-old
female, had undisclosed head and neck injuries.
OS brought the first victim to shore, the approximately 40-year-old male with lacerations
to his left wrist and finger. Patient care was then transferred to Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) at 7:09 p.m. The 65-year-old female, who had sustained head and
neck injuries, was then brought to shore, where patient care was transferred to EMS at
7:18 p.m. The other two boaters were brought to shore in sequence, with the last
boater arriving on shore at 8:07 p.m.
During the rescue operation, at approximately 7:40 p.m, HFD’s Rescue 1 Boat and
Airport Rescue Boat 1 reported two emergency flare sightings near the mouth of Keehi
Lagoon and proceeded to investigate. Shortly thereafter, HFD’s Rescue 1 Boat located
a single kayaker who ran aground on the reef, in proximity of the 37-foot sailboat that
had run aground, on the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport side of the lagoon. The
single occupant of the kayak reported no injuries and was brought into shore with his