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Stranded boaters rescued near Keehi ramp

A 31-foot sailboat ran aground tonight about 800 meters off Keehi Boat Ramp, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said.

The Honolulu Fire Department assisted the Coast Guard by bringing two stranded boaters ashore tonight. They were not injured.

The Coast Guard employed its response boat, but due to the shallow nature of the area where the boat ran aground, the Coast Guard called upon the Fire Department for assistance, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

She said fire rescue personnel used a paddleboard to transfer the boaters to the HFD boat, which took them to shore.

The boat ran aground at about 8:30 p.m., and its rescue operation was still ongoing just before 10 p.m.

An assessment of the situation will be made in the morning as to whether the boat needs to be removed, the Coast Guard said.

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