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Mariners in Distress at Kahakuloa Assisted to Shore

September 27, 2012, 10:35 PM HST
* Updated September 28, 9:41 AM
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Kahakuloa, file photo by Wendy Osher

By Wendy Osher

Emergency crews were dispatched on Thursday evening to reports of a vessel in distress in waters off of Kahakuloa on Maui.

The Maui Fire Department’s Air 1 helicopter was launched, along with fire rescue personnel and equipment at 5:43 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Initial reports indicated that the boat was anchored about 30 feet offshore from the sea-cliffs at Kahakuloa.

Officials say the 15 foot vessel was found by Air 1 at 6:21 p.m., about 6 miles NW of Kahului harbor and approximately 200 yards off shore.

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The two Kahului men aboard the vessel, ages 51 and 29, were alright, but were experiencing engine trouble, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

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According to Mainaga, the department’s rescue boat and personal watercraft assisted the vessel back to Kahului Harbor.

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