Coast Guard aids mariner

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a distressed Canadian mariner after his vessel began taking on water about 80 miles from the Big Island.

Watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert Sunday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry escorted the 73-year-old mariner to port aboard his 44-foot sailing vessel once the flooding was under control.

An aircrew located the Helen Margaret, established communication with the man and dropped a dewatering pump.

A second helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer who retrieved and operated the pump successfully until the cutter crew could take over.