HFD RESCUES DISTRESSED BOATERS FROM OVERTURNED CATAMARAN

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:24 this afternoon about boaters in distress because their Hobie catamaran had overturned approximately 400 yards off of the Kipapa Island Sandbar in Kaneohe Bay. Five HFD units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded. The first HFD unit arrived at the scene at 2:34 p.m., established command and immediately deployed the HFD’s Rescue Boat and personnel toward the 18-foot overturned catamaran.

The Ocean Safety Lifeguard Division also responded to this incident and made first contact with four boaters, who are all local residents. Ocean Safety transported two boaters, including the 75-year-old male owner of the vessel and a 58-year-old male, on jet skis to the Heeia Kea Boat Harbor. The HFD’s Rescue Boat retrieved the remaining two boaters, both males in their late 20s, then transported them to the Heeia Kea Boat Harbor as well.

HFD and Ocean Safety did not notify the Emergency Medical Services as all four boaters were uninjured. The catamaran was left behind in the location where it overturned, in approximately 30 feet of water.