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Coast Guard rescue mariner off Oahu before vessel capsizes

Coast Guard rescue mariner off Oahu before vessel capsizes
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65E Dolphin rescue helicopter arrives aboard a HC-130 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.

HONOLULU — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescue a mariner aboard a disabled vessel off Reef Runway, Oahu, Saturday.

The disabled vessel was located by a Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew approximately 400 yards offshore.

At 7:48 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received reports regarding a 10-foot disabled vessel with one person aboard 1 nautical mile offshore of Sand Island. The reporting party stated that the mariner had no anchor or radio and that he had very little phone battery left.​

The mariner’s phone battery ran out while attempting to gain communication with Sector Honolulu watchstanders.

Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notice to Mariners and deployed a MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter aircrew along with a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew to assist.

At 10:07 p.m., Saturday, the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew located the disabled vessel, deployed the rescue swimmer and safely recovered the mariner by conducting a hoist.

The rescue helicopter aircrew members stated that the disabled vessel capsized shortly after rescuing the mariner who was reported to be in good condition.

The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center issued a hazard to navigation broadcast and is currently monitoring the situation.​

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