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8 rescued after boat sinks in Kaiwi Channel

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Eight people were rescued by the Coast Guard Sunday afternoon after a 21-foot recreational boat sank in the Kaiwi Channel, about 12 miles west of Molokai.

All eight people — four children and four adults — were wearing their lifejackets, and no injuries were reported, the Coast Guard said.

The group hung to three kayaks it tied together after their vessel sank.

A helicopter crew from Barbers Point made three trips to the site, transporting victims to Sandy Beach Park, where Honolulu Fire Department crews assisted with the emergency response.

 Lt. Jessica Mickelson, a command duty officer, said the rescued group included experienced watermen who had safety equipment onboard that immediately alerted the Coast Guard.

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