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.
A visitor from Ohio took a tumble down a steep portion of Pu’u Olai Sunday at Makena State Park. Sunday afternoon at 3:03 p.m., Maui Fire Departmnent’s Ladder crew from Wailea and Kahului Rescue 10 personnel responded to reports of a 56 year-old female unable to make her way down from the mountain.
The female slipped and sustained minor injuries to her hip and legs, also complaining of exhaustion. Crews arrived, made their way up the victim, assessed her condition, and packaged her to be airlifted. She was airlifted safely to a secured landing zone. The victim, a visitor from Cincinnati, Ohio refused transport to the hospital.
Honolulu, The American Red Cross is sending additional support to the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Alternately, the cyclone is also named Typhoon Yolanda.
An American Red Cross shelter specialist left for the Philippines Saturday bringing the total to ten staff and volunteers deployed to support relief efforts for the Typhoon. A team of five disaster specialists deployed on Friday to the Philippines to join a 15-member global Red Cross Emergency Response Team to assist with distributing relief supplies to affected communities. Four telecommunications and disaster assessment experts from the American Red Cross have already arrived in the Philippines with satellite equipment.
Additionally, mapping experts and hundreds of volunteers at the American Red Cross have been working in partnership with the United States government and the British Red Cross to provide maps to guide disaster relief operations in the Philippines.
Donations to the American Red Cross will be used to procure and distribute relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets; provide emergency shelter healthcare; access to clean water and sanitation; and cash grants for use when markets begin functioning normally.
The Hawaii Red Cross continues to assist those looking for missing family members in the Philippines. So far, 64 cases have been submitted for the tracing process and 10 cases have been closed because local families have been able to contact their loved ones. The family tracing services hotline is: (808) 739-8115, and callers should leave a message with their name and phone number so a caseworker can return their call. Callers will be asked to give the full name, address, and telephone number of the missing person. The Hawaii Red Cross will forward inquiries to the American National Red Cross, which is working with the Philippine Red Cross to locate family members. Disasters like Super Typhoon Haiyan wreak havoc on telecommunications systems, making it difficult for separated families to find one another. Part of the mission of the Red Cross is to reconnect families who have been separated by disaster or conflict.
If you would like to donate to help those in need, go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or can mail a check to the Hawaii Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. Checks should be made payable to “American Red Cross” with “Philippine Typhoon” in the memo line.
By Jeff King
High winds that followed Sunday’s rain events kept Maui lifeguards and Maui Fire Department first responders busy as unwary oceangoers tempted fate in Kihei. Not just once – but twice.
The Maui Fire Department – Kihei’s Engine Company 6 and Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft JS-6 responded to both ocean calls. Fronting Maui Beach Resort 515 S. Kihei Rd. at 11:18 a.m., a woman in her 20′s from Lahaina chose the blustery day to try stand-up paddling for the first time. The gusty winds kept knocking her down while they pushed her toward Kaho’olawe. Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft JS-6 picked her up about 400 yard off shore and towed her to shore, no medical attention needed.
Two hours later, off Waipuilani park in front of the Maui Sunset Resort, 41 year-old male wind surfer broke his rig. The man tried to make it back to shore – with his equipment and was paddling for over an hour trying to make it in. Ocean safety’s Rescue Watercraft, the same JS-6, picked him up about 800 yards off shore and brought him to shore. No medical attention was needed, but the man was very tired.
Maui’s first responders to the rescue – again.
Two Kihei women in their forties and their dog were rescued this morning out of Iao Valley after getting lost while hiking and having to spend the night.
Maui Fire Department units from Wailuku and Kahului received an alarm at 9:56 p.m. Monday for two overdue hikers. A friend had found their vehicle in the locked parking lot of Iao Valley State Park and called 911. A ground search was conducted until midnight and then suspended until first light the next day.
The rescue helicopter was launched early this morning and found the hikers near a stream. The missing party - including the dog - were airlifted to the main parking lot at Iao state park. Although, cold and hungry, the hikers were not injured. The dog did have some minor facial scratches. No medical attention was needed.
Copyright © 2013 - Island News Technologies, LLC - All rights reserved