The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:36 a.m. for an overturned
six person canoe, approximately 2.5 miles from Black Point, Kahala. Four HFD units
responded with approximately 12 personnel. Reportedly the outrigger supports of the
canoe failed, which essentially made it impossible to keep the canoe upright, thereby
capsizing the canoe.
The first HFD unit arrived at 10:44 a.m., reporting their location at the Diamond Head
Lookout, and initiated a visual search of the reported location in the ocean. Shortly after
the first HFD crews arrived on scene, Ocean Safety’s (OS) Rescue 1 made contact with
the capsized canoe and reported they would ferry the distressed canoe paddlers to
shore. One of the HFD units then relocated to Kaalawai Beach, also known as
Cromwell’s Beach, to receive the distressed canoe paddlers.
At 11:18 a.m., all six distressed canoe paddlers were on shore. An Emergency Medical
Services unit was on scene for medical support, however all six distressed canoe
paddlers reported no injuries. OS’s Rescue 1 and HFD’s Rescue 1 Boat towed the six
person canoe back to the canoe club’s canoe house, located near the Ala Wai Boat
HFD concluded operations with no reports of injuries.
Boating Safety Tips:
• Bring two working forms of communication. Keep cellphones in a waterproof