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Coast Guard rescues 11 from vessel taking on water off Maui

  • COURTESY COAST GUARD STATION MAUIPetty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Cherry, a machinery technician at Coast Guard Station Maui, assists crew in dewatering the commercial vessel Leilani after it began taking on water near McGregor Point, Aug. 14, 2013. The crew members transferred all 11 passengers safely off the vessel and towed the Leilani back to shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Maui)
    COURTESY COAST GUARD STATION MAUI
    Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Cherry, a machinery technician at Coast Guard Station Maui, assists crew in dewatering the commercial vessel Leilani after it began taking on water near McGregor Point, Aug. 14, 2013. The crew members transferred all 11 passengers safely off the vessel and towed the Leilani back to shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Maui)
  • COURTESY COAST GUARD STATION MAUICoast Guard crew members from Station Maui work to dewater the commercial vessel Leilani after it began taking on water near McGregor Point, Aug. 14, 2013. The crew members transferred all 11 passengers safely off the vessel and towed the Leilani back to shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Maui)
    COURTESY COAST GUARD STATION MAUI
    Coast Guard crew members from Station Maui work to dewater the commercial vessel Leilani after it began taking on water near McGregor Point, Aug. 14, 2013. The crew members transferred all 11 passengers safely off the vessel and towed the Leilani back to shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Maui)

The Coast Guard has rescued 11 people on board a 44-foot commercial vessel on a private snorkel cruise a mile off Olowalu, Maui.

The boat was taking on water through its cooling system due to engine failure, when the Coast Guard Station Maui got the call at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot boat and the crew transferred the seven passengers and four crew members from the Leilani onto the Coast Guard boat and brought them to shore, Petty Officer Nicholas Garcia said.

The Coast Guard boat towed the boat in.

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