An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescued the pilots and brought them to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) at the air station. There were no major injuries reported.
“As a watchstander this is the type of outcome we want to see with every case,” said Lt. j.g. Makenzy Karnehm, a Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu watchstander. “Both the Coast Guard and our partners train together for incidents like this and once the call came in we were able to quickly mobilize a robust response and rescue the pilots.”
At 5:49 p.m., JRCC watchstanders received a report from Honolulu Control Facility stating the aircraft was experiencing engine trouble and was likely going to ditch in the water.
Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners and deployed the MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) and Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescue crews.
Maui County and Molokai Fire Departments deployed air and surface assets to aid in the rescue.
The aircraft is reported to have sank and does not present a threat to navigation.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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