POSTED: 10:30 p.m. HST, Aug 10, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 04:15 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2012
An amateur radio operator, the Coast Guard and a good Samaritan vessel helped a mariner Friday who was stuck on a disabled sailboat 287 miles northeast of Hilo with no food and almost no water.
The radio operator alerted the Coast Guard this morning by email that a mariner needed assistance aboard the disabled, Australian-flagged sailing vessel Q-Wave, the Coast Guard said.
The boat had lost its dingy, sustained a tear in its main sail, and had a broken motor with unreliable communications equipment. The mariner had less than one liter of water and no food, the Coast Guard said.
A Coast Guard crew aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Barbers Point dropped off emergency supplies, food, water, and a VHF radio to the sailboat.
The vessel Fifth Wife overheard communications with the disabled vessel and responded to tow it to Hilo.