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Coast Guard and Navy rescue two mariners off Kilauea

Coast Guard and Navy rescue two mariners off Kilauea
Archive image: An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the «Easyriders» of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, fly in formation around the Island of Oahu Nov. 26.

HSM 37, stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, is the largest expeditionary squadron in the U.S. Navy and supports all Pearl Harbor-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missle destroyers and Ticonderoga-class guided-missle cruisers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aja B. Jackson.

HONOLULU — A Coast Guard MH-65E Dolphin, a RB-M and a Navy MH-60R Seahawk crews successfully rescue two mariners from the shores off Kilauea, Thursday.

The Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) MH-60R Seahawk aircrew transported the mariners to Lihue airport where they were met by EMS.​

They were reported to be in stable condition.

“This case highlights the importance of strong partnerships with our fellow armed services,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Slack, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “Through coordination with the Navy, we were able to successfully rescue two members of our Hawaii community.”​

Coast Guard and Navy rescue two mariners off Kilauea
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65E Dolphin helicopter arrives aboard a HC-130J Super Hercules airplane on Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 28, 2021.
The helicopter is a new “Echo” model with improvements ranging from enhanced digital weather/surface radar to modernization of the avionics from the previous “Delta” model.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew West.

At 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report that two mariners aboard a 14-foot recreational vessel were overdue. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast to local boaters, launched an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Station Kauai Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crew.​

A Navy MH-60R Seahawk aircrew joined the search after midnight and began conducting searches closer to shore. The USN aircrew located the two mariners at the base of a cliff on the shoreline just east of Kilauea lighthouse and hoisted them to safety.

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