POSTED: 5:36 p.m. HST, Aug 3, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 11:31 p.m. HST, Aug 3, 2014
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.