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Coast Guard conducts rescues in waters off Maui, Oahu

Coast Guard crews conducted two separate rescues today.

The first, at around 9:55 a.m., involved a 69-year-old snorkeler aboard a Pride of Maui boat who was suffering stroke-like symptoms. A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew diverted from training to medevac the snorkler from the Molokini Crater area to the Kihei boat ramp where Maui County emergency responders were waiting.

Then, at around 11:45 a.m., a Air Station Barbers Point HM-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, in coordination with City and County of Honolulu emergency crews, responded to reports of 14-foot pleasure that had capsized off of Kaaawa Beach Park with three boaters aboard.

The Dolphin aircrew hoisted the boaters, who were clinging to the hull of the capsized vessel, and brought them to awaiting City and County of Honolulu emergency personnel at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay where they were treated for minor injuries.

A salvage plan for the capsized vessel is being formalized. The maximum pollution potential is low at three gallons of gasoline and a marine battery.

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