Fire Crews, Lifeguards Rescue Injured Boater

Sherriann Kanehailua
Sherriann Kanehailua

NANAKULI (KHNL) -- A dramatic rescue at sea Monday afternoon, as Honolulu fire crews and city lifeguards assist an injured boater to shore.

Sherriann Kanehailua and her family are enjoying Veterans Day at the beach.

"We were starting our fire and starting to barbeque," Kanehailua said.

Suddenly, they discover they have front-row seats for a rescue operation.

"I was wondering what was going on, if somebody had a heart attack or something on the boat or something was really serious or maybe it was shark. Shall we tell the kids to get out of the water?" Kanehailua wondered.

Fire officials say a man and a woman left Iroquois Point Yacht Club on a holiday sail, and ran into problems in waters off Nanakuli.

Chopper 8 is above the scene, as rescue crews move in on the sailboat.

"Two guys dropped into the water," Kanehailua said. "Then the jet ski came and picked up somebody from off of the boat. Then they came to shore."

We're told the man on board dislocated his shoulder while trying to retrieve the boat's anchor, and couldn't make it to shore on his own.

"When he got off of the jet ski, he was just holding his arm," Kanehailua said. "And it looked like he was in a lot of pain."

Back in the water, fire crews manage to get the anchor up. They help the woman get the sailboat back to Iroquois Point.

"It was an exciting day for us," Kanehailua said.

Paramedics took the man to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in stable condition.