HONOLULU – The Coast Guard has rescued all four passengers aboard a second single engine aircraft that ran out of fuel and ditched approximately 11 miles west of Oahu, Sunday. It was the second such incident in Hawai’i waters in a day. A lone pilot ditched his aircraft 250 miles short of Maui yesterday afternoon on a flight from California.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located and hoisted all four passengers. They were flown to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers point where they were transferred to emergency medical services. The condition of the passengers is not known.
At 6:18 p.m., the pilot contacted the Hawaii Control Facility at Honolulu International Airport and declared and in flight emergency 30 miles west of Oahu. The pilot reported the aircraft was running out of fuel and that the aircraft may have to ditch.
At 6:27 p.m., the aircraft disappeared from radar and lost communications.
The Coast Guard diverted a crew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew previously involved in Sunday’s ditching of a single engine Cirrus SR-22. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew was launched from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake also launched.
The single engine Cessna was flying from Hanapepe, Kauai to Kalaeloa, Oahu.
Three adults and one child were aboard the aircraft.
HONOLULU – The pilot of a single engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft that ran out of fuel is safe after ditching his aircraft 253 miles northeast of Maui, Hawaii Sunday.
At approximately 4:44 p.m. the pilot was able to deploy the aircraft’s airframe parachute system and safely exit the aircraft into a life raft.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu identified the cruise ship Veendam, en route to Lahaina, Maui, and coordinated the pilot’s ditch near their location. It was a coincidence and a blessing both craft were heading to the same place.
At 5:21 p.m. the crew of the Veendam rescued the pilot. The pilot was reported to be in good condition. The plane was last observed partially submerged.
Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were seas of 9 to 12 feet and winds of 25 to 28 mph.
The Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Barbers Point assisted the pilot during the process of ditching his aircraft and maintained communications throughout the ditching process. The Hercules crew remained on scene until the pilot was safely aboard the Veendam.
The flight originated in Tracy, California and was destined for Kahului Maui. Wikipedia shows the maximum range of the SR-22 at 1,049 miles. The distance from Tracy, CA to Kahului is 2,389 miles. That tidbit is likely to be part of the pending investigation.
At 12:30 p.m. the pilot contacted the Hawaii National Guard and reported his aircraft had approximately three hours of fuel remaining and he would be ditching 230 miles north east of Maui.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard Cutter Rush hosted approximately 70 Vietnam War veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Saturday.
The Rush departed Coast Guard Base Honolulu at 9 a.m. for a short day cruise off the coast of Oahu. Guests were provided an opportunity to tour Rush and learn about its history in the Vietnam War. The cruise was one of many events held across America to assist, thank and honor veterans and families of the Vietnam War.
In the early 1970s, Rush was involved in operations off of the coast of Vietnam. On the night of November 22, 1970, Rush was part of a U.S. Naval force tasked with the capturing of a North Vietnamese supply trawler delivering weapons. The trawler tried to flee and then attacked the U.S. Navy Minesweeper Endurance, at which time the Rush assisted along with three other U.S. warships in the eventual sinking of the trawler. On April 11, 1971, Rush saw additional combat in Vietnam. A North Vietnamese trawler was attempting infiltration into the south when it was engaged by the Rush and two other U.S. warships and sunk after a devastating explosion.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Vietnam veterans,” said Capt. Dante Vinciguerra. “It’s an absolute privilege to do something like this for people who served and sacrificed so much for this country.”
The Rush and other Hamilton-class, High Endurance Cutters, are being replaced by the Legend-class, National Security Cutters. The NCSs are better equipped, more durable, safer, and more efficient than their predecessor, and will allow the Coast Guard to deliver its unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority, and lifesaving expertise wherever needed to protect American interests, today and for decades to come.
The Rush is the ninth of the Hamilton Class High Endurance Cutters. It was launched on November 16, 1968 at New Orleans at an approximate cost of $20 million.
The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman and crew will transfer to Honolulu and take the Coast Guard Cutter Rush’s duties, as Rush is scheduled to be decommissioned in February after 46 years of dedicated service to the Coast Guard and country.
For more history on the Cutter Rush visit http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgcrush/history.asp.
For more information on Vietnam War Commemoration events happening across the nation visit http://www.vietnamwar50th.com.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Department of Health and responsible party have established a Unified Command, Friday, in response to a 95-foot towing vessel that sank off Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu. Environmentalists are concerned that the 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board could cause serious damage to animals, fish, mammals and birds – not to mention the reef ecosystem and nearby shorelines.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conducted an initial overflight Friday morning of the sinking location and from Barbers Point, north to Nanakuli and observed no sheen in the water. Additional overflights are scheduled throughout the day Saturday.
Shoreline assessment teams have not observed any diesel impacting shorelines. The smell of diesel has been reported at White Plains and Nanakuli. Shoreline assessment teams are conducting air sampling and have not detected levels of concern to public health and safety.
A Clean Islands Council vessel observed a one mile by 50-foot sheen near the offshore mooring buoy off Barbers Point. The fishing vessel Seahawk also reported a red diesel sheen approximately seven miles south of Honolulu Airport to which a Clean Islands Council vessel is responding.
The Oil Spill Trust and Liability Fund has been opened with $50,000 available for response operations.
Volunteers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are looking for impacted wildlife throughout the area. The Unified Command is coordinating with local lifeguards to monitor local beaches for impact. The State of Hawaii has not issued any warning to the public concerning water and shoreline safety.
Out of an abundance of caution, individuals who believe they have come in contact with diesel should seek medical attention if experiencing an adverse reaction.
The Nalani sank in approximately 2,200 feet of water and was carrying an estimated 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
The public should report any observable shoreline impact or injured wildlife to the Unified Command at (808) 842-5058.
HONOLULU — Eleven people are safe after a 95-foot towing vessel sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a call at 3:13 p.m., via VHF Channel 16 from the pilot aboard the towing vessel Nalani stating their vessel was taking on water and they were in danger of sinking.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu launched to the scene along with a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
Sector Honolulu sent out an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to Mariners notifying vessels in the area of the situation.
The towing vessel Tiger 7 and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration patrol boat heard the UMIB and arrived on scene to assist.
The crew of the NOAA vessel safely rescued 9 crew members, and the Tiger 7 crew rescued 2. No injuries were reported.
The RBM arrived on scene shortly after the rescue and safely transferred all 11 survivors aboard and for transport back to Station Honolulu.
The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the sinking and has begun interviews with the crew. The cause of the sinking is unknown and is under investigation.
All 11 survivors were wearing lifejackets.
The Nalani sank in approximately 2,200 feet of water and was carrying an estimated 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel. An oil sheen was observed by Coast Guard responders before nightfall. Additional over flights are planned for Friday morning and shoreline assessment teams will be out to evaluate shorelines for impact. A unified command will be established Friday to coordinate response efforts. Identified areas of potential impact are from Barbers Point, north to Nanakuli. The public should report any observable shoreline impact to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing person approximately one mile offshore from Camp Olowalu, Maui, today.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from a good Samaritan at 8:19 a.m. of an overturned adrift kayak. The kayak is green with the words ‘Ocean Kayak’ in yellow and ‘Scrambler XT’ in white on the sides.There are no missing persons or distress reports in the area.
Sector Honolulu launched a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui to conduct a search of the area.
The Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.
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 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.
To view a video regarding Operation Paddle Smart, click the following link: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/338154/coast-guard-paddle-smart#.VKRwPSe2jhA
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
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