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Coast Guard, partners rescue mariners from overturned vessel off Oahu

Coast Guard, partners rescue mariners from overturned vessel off Oahu. MH-65 Barbers Point
Archive image: an aviation survival technician is lowered from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a search and rescue demonstration offshore Air Station Barbers Point.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Melissa E. McKenzie.

Honolulu — Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin and Ocean Safety crews rescue three mariners from an overturned vessel off the south of Oahu, Friday.

Air Station Barbers Point SRR MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Ocean Safety Jet Ski crews rescued the three mariners safely and did not report injuries.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a call at 2:00 p.m. from a 13 year-old female reporting her 60-year old uncle and 84-year old grandfather’s 13-foot Boston Whaler had overturned approximately a half mile south of the Honolulu Airport reef runway.

Coast Guard, partners rescue mariners from overturned vessel off Oahu. MH-65 Barbers Point
Coast Guard and Ocean Safety crews rescue three mariners from an overturned vessel off the south of Oahu, Oct. 16, 2020. Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Ocean Safety Jet Ski crews rescued the three mariners with no reported injuries.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point.

“Even the most seasoned mariner can find themselves in trouble when out in the ocean,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Shaw, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “The decisive action displayed by the 13 year-old heroine saved her and her family.”

Coordinating with Ocean Safety, assets were launched to conduct searches of the area including two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews and a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 29-foot Response BoatSmall crew.

The MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the grandfather while a Jet Ski crew recovered the 13 year-old and her uncle. 

The weather on scene was winds of 5 mph and seas up to 3 feet. 

-USCG-

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