KAHANA BAY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point rescued a 72-year-old male and four Coast Guard personnel aboard a disabled 45-foot response boat Tuesday morning.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification at 9:49 p.m. Monday from a distressed mariner aboard 55-foot sailing vessel Doubloon reporting his boat disabled near Laie.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu launched at 10:45 p.m. The crew arrived on-scene at 1:45 a.m.
On-scene weather conditions were 10-foot seas, 35 mph winds.
While attempting to take the sailboat in tow, the RB-M became disabled and adrift in the surf zone. The RB-M crew deployed their anchor and requested assistance.
The crew engaged their emergency position-indicating radio beacon. All were wearing life jackets.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched from Air Station Barbers Point.
A rescue boat and helicopter from Honolulu Fire Department also launched to assist.
The Dolphin crew arrived on scene at 4:03 a.m. and successfully hoisted all five survivors from the boat. All are reportedly in good condition.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi is working to tow the disabled 45-foot medium response boat. The environmental response team from the Coast Guard is also on scene. They are looking for any possible oil impact or debris that may be associated with the sailboat that is believed to have broken apart and sunk at sea.
Debris from the Doubloon has washed ashore after breaking apart in the surf near Laie. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement and the Department of Transportation Hazard Evaluation Emergency Response office.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to avoid the nearshore ocean waters and shoreline in the vicinity of Temple beach park on the north side of Laie Point, (across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) due to possible safety hazards from broken pieces of the vessel. State crews plan to conduct debris removal on Wednesday.