Saturday, December 15, 2007
The U.S. Coast Guard directed the rescue a Wailuku man after he reported his boat was sinking. Officials received the call at about 5 p.m. The 43-year-old man reported that his three-hulled vessel was about 230 miles east of Maui. He said that one of the hulls broke in the heavy seas and winds.The Coast Guard asked the merchant ship, CS Victory, which was 60 miles away from the sinking boat to help in the rescue. The U.S. Navy sent a search plane from Kaneohe to fly over the sinking boat and provided the merchant ship with coordinates for the distressed vessel. The man was not injured, officials said. The crew of the CS Victory took him onboard. The vessel is heading for Japan.