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Coast Guard rescues 7 people after boat sinks

KAENA POINT, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Coast Guard performed an early-morning search and rescue after a boat in waters between Kauai and Oahu began to sink.

A Mayday call was made from the Cowabunga sailing vessel at about 12:40 a.m. Monday. According to the Coast Guard, the boat was located 29 miles off Kaena Point.

Officials say all seven people aboard the 30-foot vessel were forced to abandon ship with personal floating devices after the boat reportedly took on water from the bow and stern.

A rescue helicopter arrived on scene at about 1:50 a.m. and retrieved four people. The Coast Guard also dropped off a life raft for the remaining three boaters from the water. They were then picked up by another vessel.

The boat was returning from an Oahu-to-Kauai sailing race.

No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard says all seven people aboard were experienced mariners.

The cause of the sinking vessel is unknown at this time.

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