Coast Guard, first responders conduct several weekend rescues across state

Coast Guard, first responders conduct several weekend rescues across state

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coast Guard crews and first responders were busy over the weekend as they responded to several people in distress across the state.

On the Valley Isle, Maui firefighters rescued a surfer in distress about 150 yards away from Ukumehame Beach Park on Saturday morning.

According to officials, the surfer was pushed out to sea by high winds. The surfer was picked up by a Pride of Maui crew before being transferred to Maui firefighters.

A MFD jet ski operator also returned to retrieve the surfer's board.

Also on Maui, MFD rescue teams medevaced a 45-year-old passenger from the Ocean Voyager ship near Five Caves, who was suffering from seasickness and heat exhaustion. MFD officials transferred the passenger to paramedics at Kihei Baot Ramp.

Over on Oahu, Honolulu Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy crews responded to call about an 18-foot vessel that was suffering from an overheated engine.

Both crews were able to successfully tow the boat back to Koolina.

There is a small craft advisory in effect for the areas south of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, and a tropical storm watch is in effect for for waters south of the Big Island.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire state as Hurricane Hector crosses the Central Pacific basin.

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