October 29, 2021, 12:20 PM HST
Six mariners were rescued after their vessel ran aground approximately a half-mile off Oluwalu in Maui.
At 7:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Station Maui that the sailing vessel Moana ran aground and was drifting further into a surf zone. Upon notification, watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched a Station Maui RB-M crew and an Air Station Barbers Point C-130 Hercules aircrew.
Once on scene, the C-130 aircrew dropped illumination flares which vectored in the RB-M crew and surface parties from Maui Fire Department.
Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Maui successfully rescued and escorted the mariners back to the station with no reported injuries.
“Our crews train throughout the year for this exact scenario and last night’s rescue efforts reflect that hard work,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Malia Chasteen, officer in charge of Station Maui. “My crew never fails to impress me with their dedication and commitment to duty.”
The Coast Guard is monitoring plans being formulated by the master of the Moana to salvage the vessel.