HONOLULU – The Coast Guard rescued a distressed diver approximately one mile offshore Kaena Point, Oahu, Friday.
At 10:08 p.m., watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from a disabled mariner that one of his passengers was diving 500 yards away, had become distressed and was drifting away from shore. Yes, that made it “0 for 2.” The boat was disabled, so it couldn’t get to the night diver – who was also drifting away from the boat and away from shore.
The disabled mariner was unable to retrieve the diver, but was able to maintain sight of him because he was wearing a light.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point at 11:24 p.m. Twenty-two minutes later, the crew arrived on scene and hoisted the diver.
The diver was safely transferred to awaiting EMS at Yokohama Bay and is reportedly in good condition.
Honolulu Fire Department safely towed the disabled vessel to Waianae Boat Harbor.