Coast Guard rescues eight people after vessel sinks 12 miles west of Molokai

| August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Coast Guard managed to locate the group thanks to signals from their cellphones after their 21-foot vessel got hit by rough waters 12 miles west of Molokai.

The U.S. Coast Guard managed to locate the group thanks to signals from their cellphones after their 21-foot vessel got hit by rough waters 12 miles west of Molokai.


Eight people were plucked from the water off Molokai after the boat they were in sank.

The Coast Guard said the group sent a distress signal about 12 miles west of Molokai on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

The boat’s emergency radio beacon was activated, and rescuers located the 21-foot boat.

The eight people were able to tie three kayaks together and cling to them after the boat sank. They were hoisted from the water onto a helicopter and brought safely to shore.

The father confirmed that the 21-foot recreational vessel his son was on had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon that was activated after the vessel had sunk.

The group left Sandy Beach Park around 1:30 p.m. Sunday and brought along three kayaks and the plan was to kayak back to Oahu on Monday.

A Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane crew was diverted and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu was launched to the scene.

The Dolphin crew arrived on scene and safely hoisted four people in the helicopter then transported them to Sandy Beach Park where members from the Honolulu Fire Department were waiting to assist with the victims.

The Dolphin crew returned two more times to the scene to pick up the remaining people from the water.

All eight people were wearing their lifejackets. No injuries were reported.

“This case had the potential to quickly degrade but the immediate response from men and women of the Coast Guard ensured the swift recovery of all four children and four adults,” said Lt. Patrick Frain, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

“Additionally the eight rescued people are all fairly experienced watermen and had adequately prepared by having lifejackets, an EPIRB and a VHF radio onboard, without that safety equipment the Coast Guard may not have been immediately alerted of their distress,” said Lt. Jessica Mickelson, a command duty officer at Sector Honolulu.

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  1. mkklolo says:

    Give the skipper credit for having an EPIRB on board and PFD’s for all but he should be charged with child endangerment for setting out across that channel in the early afternoon in a 21′ boat with 8 souls aboard, 4 teenagers who can’t legally consent to accept the risks. With the trades blowing briskly, the Kaiwi, going to weather, is a nasty, wet ride in a larger, heavier vessel…crazy in a small boat. An “experienced waterman” would have had better sense, especially considering his crew.

    I hope the Coasties can collect the costs of sending the helo out.

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