Woman rescued after sailboat runs aground

A 25-year-old woman was airlifted from a sailboat Saturday night after it ran aground outside of Ka’a Fishpond on the east side of Lanai, U.S. Cost Guard officials said.

The woman, who was with two male passengers, was transported by helicopter to medics at Kahului Airport, a Coast Guard official said. The woman had a pre-existing medical condition and was in stable condition.

The incident was reported to the Honolulu command center around 7:30 p.m. when the 38-foot Raven sailboat was aground and taking on water, officials said.

Rescuers reached the boat at 9 p.m. and determined they were unable to get close enough to tow it, Coast Guard officials said. The boat was not in danger of sinking, and the two men remained on the vessel overnight.

A rescue swimmer hoisted the woman out of the boat around 12:15 a.m. and supplied the two men with backup radios, officials said.

The boat remained aground outside of the fishpond as of late Sunday afternoon, with one of the men staying on it to await salvage of the boat, officials said. The second man paddled a kayak onto the beach at Ka’a Fishpond on Sunday morning.