HFD rescues 10 people aboard sailboat that lost engine power 2 miles off Makaha


HONOLULU (KHON2) – The The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) rescued 10 people aboard a 35-foot sailboat after losing engine power two miles off the Makaha region.

HFD reported that the captain of the sailboat called 911 at 8:13 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. He said he had lost engine power and was heading east slowly because of the wind.

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The vessel was located using the geolocation coordinates of his phone. However, HFD reported that it was difficult to visually locate the vessel because the master did not have an emergency position indicating radio beacon and marine radio. The navigation lights were also not working.

Firefighters arrived at a shore near Lahilahi Point at 8:25 p.m., and HFD’s Air 1 rescue helicopter discovered cell phone lights signaling in the dark about 1.5 miles off Waianae Boat Harbor. .

The helicopter proceeded towards the lights and made visual contact with the vessel at 9:00 p.m. HFD’s Rescue 2 boat arrived at the scene at 9:18 pm and secured a bridle and tow lines; he started towing the 35ft sailboat at 9:35 p.m.

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The Rescue 2 boat, sailboat and the 10 souls on board arrived at Waianae Boat port at 10:30 p.m. No injuries were reported, HFD said.


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