The disabled watercraft was located by an U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew who vectored in a Maui County Fire Boat to tow the mariners back to shore.
At 11 p.m., Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received reports regarding a disabled watercraft 2 nautical miles north of Peahi. A friend of the two mariners reported receiving a text message stating the watercraft was having engine issues and they were requesting Coast Guard assistance.
Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notice to Mariners and deployed a MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter, HC-130 Hercules airplane and Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Oliver Berry crews to assist.
Maui County Fire Department also dispatched ground crews and a fire boat crew in response.
At 3:15 a.m., Thursday, the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew located the disabled watercraft and vectored in the fire boat crew who put the watercraft in tow back to the Maliko boat ramp while the HC-130 Hercules aircrew provided overhead support.
Both mariners were reported to be in good condition.
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