HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Charles Ray signed a Memorandum of Agreement today.
The document formalizes search and rescue notification, coordination and execution among city agencies and the Coast Guard.
"By signing this document today, the United States Coast Guard and the city recognize the need to fortify search and rescue efforts so that each party's unique capabilities and talents are fully exploited to help protect people and property," Carlisle said.
"We think it's important to set these agreements in writing so that as new people rotate in and out of the force, they can pick it up and say, 'Hey, this is how we work,'" Ray said.
The Coast Guard performed 266 search and rescues in state waters last year.