US Coast Guard crews have rescued two mariners about nine miles southeast of Diamond Head, in Oahu, Hawaii. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the two men in the water holding onto the hull of their 19-foot recreational vessel, Smooth C's. The aircrew hoisted the 30 and 36-year-old aboard and brought them back to Air Station Barbers Point. No emergency medical services were requested.
The two men were returning from a cancelled race in Molokai. “The survivors had a personal EPIRB which ultimately allowed the crew to locate them and hoist to safety, saving their lives," said Lt. Issac Babcock, a Dolphin helicopter pilot. “Visibility was less than one mile with ceilings below 200 feet and heavy rain. The initial search proved unsuccessful."
At 10:10 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a notification via radio, channel 16 VHF, from the master of the boat stating their vessel was taking on water and sinking. This call prompted the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and the Dolphin crew as well as an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point to respond.
The RB-M crew remained on scene to gather any floating debris found, such as coolers or life jackets from the vessel.