HONOLULU — Two boaters who were in possible distress off Kalalau Beach, Kauai, were located safely ashore Tuesday.
The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received the initial report at 6:30 p.m. Monday from a concerned hiker who observed two people in a small inflatable boat with an outboard engine striking a reef just off the beach. The boaters then attempted to hand paddle their black 8-foot inflatable boat out to sea toward Haena Beach Park. The boaters were observed unsuccessfully attempting to restart their engine. They were later able to restart their engine and returned to shore.
Coast Guard Station Kauai coordinated efforts with the Kauai Police and Fire Departments to check boat ramps and landing areas along the coast. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 10:30 p.m. and began searching. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, home ported in Honolulu, arrived on the Napali Coast at 6 a.m. Tuesday to join the search effort.
The Coast Guard advises all mariners to carry safety equipment to include a VHF radio, flares and lifejackets. For more information about boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.
HONOLULU – A Coast Guard helicopter crew was targeted by an individual with a laser pointer while flying in the vicinity of Waimanolo Bay on Oahu, Saturday.
The lased MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was conducting a search in response to an unrelated distress call when the incident occurred. Four crewmembers observed the laser sweeping the aircraft and one of the pilots was directly struck.
This is the fifth lasing incident within the last year at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
The Coast Guard is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Honolulu Police Department to investigate the incident.
“We were searching off Waimanalo following a received mayday call when we were hit by a green laser,” said Lt. Cmdr. Roger Barr, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot at Air Station Barbers Point. “We protected our eyes quickly enough to avoid being blinded, reported the incident, and were able to continue the mission. This was the air station’s first East Oahu lasing incident in recent years. The frequency of incidents locally and nationally is increasing at a dangerous rate and the public needs to know that when we are hit by a laser, we are no longer effective at finding that lost family member or friend.”
Laser pointers can cause glare, afterimage, flash blindness or temporary loss of night vision, all causing a great danger to the crew. If any aircrew member’s vision is compromised during a flight, Coast Guard flight rules dictate that the aircraft must abort their mission. If an aircrew member is lased it severely compromises their ability to fly the aircraft and complete the mission safely. In order to ensure their health, aircrew members are taken off flight duty until cleared by a flight surgeon before flying again. This hinders the Coast Guard’s ability to respond to people in distress, training, and homeland security missions.
It is a federal crime, as well as violation of most states’ laws to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. If an individual is caught purposefully lasing an aircraft, punishment ranges from being arrested or having to pay a civil penalty of $11,000 for a single offense, to more than $30,000 if the individual has multiple offenses. People witnessing this crime are strongly encouraged to immediately call 911 to report the incident. The FAA tracks laser incidents by city, state and nationality and initiated about 95 civil penalty cases in 2011 nationwide.
HONOLULU — Two fishermen are safe after their vessel began taking on water approximately two miles north of Kahului, Maui, Wednesday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Maui received a call for assistance from the Maui Fire Department who were responding to a 21-foot recreational vessel named Kakaloa, which began to take on water at 7:45 a.m.
The captain of the vessel reported his bilge pump was pumping out water but was unable to determine how long the pump would last.
An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued over VHF marine radio channel 16 to notify other vessels in the area of the emergency and the need for immediate assistance.
A 25-foot Response Boat – Small boatcrew was launched to the scene from Coast Guard Station Maui along with a helicopter aircrew from the Maui Fire Department who was able to pass the exact position of the vessel to the RBS crew.
Station Maui deployed a crewman and a P-6 portable pump to help dewater the vessel as it was towed into Kahului Harbor where it was safely removed from the water.
All of the boaters were wearing their life jackets and no injuries were reported.
“This case highlights the hard work that Maui County, state and federal agencies including the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary have put into developing effective partnerships,” said Chief Petty Officer Erin Stapleton, Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Station Maui. “Open lines of communication between the agencies allowed for the correct assets to respond immediately and locate and save the lives of these two fisherman. The Coast Guard response boat was vectored into the location by Maui County’s Air One helicopter, nearly ten miles away from the location the vessel thought they were in. This allowed for the Coast Guard small boat to arrive on scene and expeditiously dewater the vessel”.
For more information on boating safety visit http://www.uscgboating.org.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard suspended the search Friday for a female passenger reported overboard from the cruise ship Grand Princess approximately 750 miles northeast of Hilo.
Two Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Air Station Barber’s Point searched for approximately 20 hours. More than 10,000 miles were exhaustvely searched.
A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion airplane crew from Navy Patrol Squadron 4 based at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe and the commercial tug and barge Moku Pahu also assisted in search efforts.
Among all the vessels and crews, more than 10,000 square miles were searched.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday by the crew of the Grand Princess that the woman was reported overboard.
“Suspending a search is never an easy decision to make,” said Lt. Cmdr. Peter Zauner, command duty officer of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center. “It’s done with much deliberation and after a concerted effort to ensure that the Coast Guard has adequately searched all probable locations for survivors. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones.”
HONOLULU — The search is underway for a passenger reported overboard from a cruise ship approximately 750 miles northeast of Hilo.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 1 p.m. by the crew of the Grand Princess that a 30-year-old American female was overboard.
The passenger was last seen at approximately noon today.
The cruise ship has changed course and is currently searching for the missing passenger. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew is en route from Air Station Barber’s Point.
Also, the Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are searching for a missing surfer near Alligator Rock, south of Waimea Bay on O’ahu’s north shore.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the missing man by the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Barber’s Point around noon today, and the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island was diverted at 2 p.m. to assist in search efforts.
The surfer, Kirk Passmore of Haleiwa, was last seen wearing black board shorts and no shirt. He is described as having red hair and in his early thirties. Passmore’s surfboard was located onshore.
The Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are also searching with air, land and ocean assets. The Coast Guard will search throughout the night. Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety will suspend their search and sundown and resume searching at first light.
Any sightings of Passmore should be immediately reported to local authorities or Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600 or on VHF channel 16.
To provide information on either or both of these search and rescue missions, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.
HONOLULU– The search for a possible missing kayaker off Maui has been suspended pending further developments.
The search began after an abandoned kayak was found drifting about a mile south of La Perouse Bay, Maui, at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Jet Ski from Ocean Safety searched the area for a possible kayaker in distress.
Every year, countless man hours and taxpayer dollars go to search and rescue missions where someone is not in danger.
“The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners use Paddle Smart stickers and mark their personal watercraft with their contact information,” said Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller, operations unit controller at Sector Honolulu Command Center. “This will reduce the number of man hours spent searching for individuals not in distress and it will allow valuable resources to be ready for actual search and rescue cases.”
Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The decal is weatherproof and reflective.
The goal of Paddle Smart is to save lives and taxpayer dollars. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.
The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.
For information on obtaining a Paddle Smart sticker, contact 808-535-3424.
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