HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and good Samaritans aboard a fishing boat helped rescue a sailing vessel that was taking on water Wednesday about 400 miles northeast of Oahu.
At around 11:45 a.m., the 36-foot Honey Cutter – en route from Hawaii to San Diego -- sent a SOS message that indicated the vessel had suffered a keel fracture and was taking on water at a rate of 2 gallons per hour.
The Coast Guard requested help from good Samaritans on board the Capt. Kenneth – located about 80 miles from the Honey Cutter – along with an Oahu-based Navy crew.
The Navy's Orion crew arrived on scene at 5 p.m. and established contact with the Honey Cutter crew, who said they were prepared to abandon ship and were manually dewatering the ship.
The Capt. Kenneth arrived on scene and were able to start towing the Honey Cutter at around 11 p.m. The Coast Guard's cutter has departed Oahu and will take over as soon as early Thursday afternoon.
No injuries have been reported.
The Coast Guard also assisted the Honey Cutter crew on Aug. 30 when it had to initiate a search for crew members after some of their family reported a delay in a voyage from Oahu to Maui.