Coast Guard rescues crews from 2 capsized vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued six paddlers whose canoe capsized Thursday night a mile off of Keawakapu, officials reported Friday morning.

At 7:14 p.m., the Maui Fire Department alerted the Coast Guard to a distress call from the canoe paddlers, and a crew from the Coast Guard’s Maalaea station responded to the scene in a 45-foot rescue boat, officials said.

The paddlers were recovered in 3-foot-high seas with winds blowing 11 mph. The rescue boat crew towed the canoe back to the Kihei Boat Ramp.

There were no reported injuries. The cause of the canoe’s capsizing remained unknown.

In a separate incident reported at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, the Maalaea Coast Guard rescue crew responded to a distress call from personnel aboard a 40-foot catamaran. That vessel had capsized 3 miles east of Lanai, officials said.

The Coast Guard crew arrived at the scene and found all three boaters on top of the overturned catamaran. They recovered them and took them uninjured to Lahaina, officials said.

The catamaran remained adrift, and the Coast Guard issued a broadcast notice of a hazard to navigation to mariners. The catamaran reportedly had about 12 gallons of gasoline on board, officials said.

“Both cases illustrate prepared crews who remained calm in adversity and most importantly had a means of communication with them to alert responders to their situation,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Anna Blanton, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstander. “We recommend all mariners leave word with friends or family describing where they’re going and when they plan to return and take multiple means of communication with them.”

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