Source: United States Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Hawaii and the Pacific
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and Hawaii Fire Department rescued one Jet ski operator and four boaters in two separate incidents in Hawaii over Super Bowl Sunday.
The first rescue involved a capsized 9-foot dingy off Oahu, and the second an overturned Jet ski off Maui. All five people rescued are reportedly in good health, and both crafts towed back to shore.
At 11:46 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Honolulu Fire Department reporting a capsized dingy approximately 1.5 miles off Maunalua Bay, Oahu. There were four boaters aboard, including two children.
The watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) Notice to mariners. They directed the launch of a Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin aircrew. The Honolulu Fire Department launched a fireboat crew and their Air 1 helicopter crew in response.
The watchstanders obtained the operator’s cell phone number and stayed on the line with the distressed caller until the fireboat crew arrived on the scene and recovered all four boaters. The boat crew then placed the dingy in tow and brought it back to Hawaii Kai.
Later in the day, at 1:08 p.m., the watchstanders received a report from Maui Dispatch regarding an overturned Jetski 200 yards off Haycraft Park, Maui. Sector Honolulu again issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) Notice to mariners and deployed a Station Maui RB-M crew to assist.
Upon arriving on-scene, the RB-M crew recovered the operator from the water and placed the watercraft in tow, coming safely to the Station Maui pier.
The weather on scene was winds around 20 mph with seas up to 2 feet.