First responders tow sailboat back to sea

A 25-foot sailboat broke loose from its mooring Sunday afternoon and had to be towed off the shoreline. Maui Fire Department photo

Lifeguards on rescue watercraft helped tow a 25-foot sailboat off the beach in Lahaina after the vessel broke loose from its mooring Sunday afternoon, according to fire officials.

A Lahaina engine company, ocean safety officers and state Department of Land and Natural Resources officers responded to the 3:36 p.m. call at Kamehameha Iki Park, south of Lahaina Harbor.

The sailboat owners, who are Maui residents, were trying to keep the sailboat from a sea wall in 3- to 4-foot surf with light winds, according to the fire department.