MAILI (KHNL) - Four men were rescued in waters two miles off Maili Point Thursday morning after their 19 foot boat sank. The US Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety crews cooperated in the rescue.
The boaters used a cell phone to report that the boat was taking on water at 9:48 AM after being swamped by a wave. HFD and Coast Guard helicopters responded along with an Ocean safety crew aboard a personal watercraft.
Rescue swimmers from both HFD and the Coast Guard dropped into the water and assisted the victims into baskets which were raised into the helicopters. Two of the men were rescued and transported to shore by Coast Guard and two were brought in by the Fire Department.
All four of the boaters were safely brought to shore by 10:41 AM. The boaters were checked out by medical personnel at the scene. No injuries were reported.
"This is a great example of a quick joint response," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesseca Zane, a search and rescue controller for the Coast Guard in Honolulu. "We launched our assets and contacted HFD and the lifeguards at the same time and were able to save these four guys quickly."