Coast Guard personnel rescued five people — two adults and three children — who were adrift on a 50-foot sailing vessel in the Kaiwi Channel today.
The operator of the boat contacted the Coast Guard at 12:45 p.m. to report that the vessel was in distress and taking on water.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew safely transported the mariners back to Barbers Point Coast Guard Air Station.
The Coast Guard also dispatched a C-130 Hercules airplane crew and a 45-foot response boat to the scene.
The vessel remains adrift with an attached strobe light while the owner works with the Coast Guard on a salvage plan. The channel today had 25 mph winds and seas of 6 to 8 feet.
No injuries were reported.