Two Coast Guard rescues in four days near Molokai

The Coast Guard was involved in two recent rescues off the coast of Molokai.

The first one occurred July 27 when two Molokai fishermen in their 22-foot recreational boat capsized off Molokai.

The men ages, 47 and 52, told the Coast Guard their boat was about 100 yards offshore from Kukaiwaa Point on Molokai’s north side.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Barbers Point, similar to this one, was involved in a recent rescue off Molokai's shore.

An Air Station Barbers Point-based Coast Guard helicopter happened to be on a routine training mission when two uninjured men flagged it down by using hand signals, the Coast Guard said.

The men were on the beach near Kukaiwaa Point.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered to the beach and assisted the men, who were airlifted to the Molokai airport.
The men informed the swimmer that a wave swamped and overturned their vessel at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The men will coordinate the salvage of their vessel, the Coast Guard said.

About 50 gallons of gasoline was left onboard, but there was no sign of pollution, the Coast Guard said.

The second rescue happened three days later. Rescue personnel from the Coast Guard and Maui Fire Department converged on the west side of Molokai on July 30 to assist a boat that was taking on water and two people stranded on a disabled jet ski.

In response to a 4:55 p.m. Mayday transmission from the boat, the Coast Guard launched a 45-foot rescue boat from San Island and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Barbers Point.

The Maui Fire Department also sent a rescue boat to assist. A rescue swimmer from the helicopter delivered a dewatering pump, which enabled the boaters to control the flooding and restart the vessel’s engines. The 20-foot recreational vessel was escorted to Kepuhi Bay by the fire rescue boat.

The Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat then headed to the stranded jet skiers, who called for help via cell phone at 5:49 p.m. With the helicopter keeping watch overhead, the rescue boat towed the jet ski to Kepuhi Bay.


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