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Maui Fire Department helps Coast Guard rescue 5 on sailboat adrift near Kapalua

  • 2012 February 24 CTY - Coast Guard Cutters -The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rush at Coast Guard Station, Sand Island. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

    2012 February 24 CTY - Coast Guard Cutters -The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rush at Coast Guard Station, Sand Island. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

The Maui Fire Department rescued five people after the 37-foot sailboat they were aboard lost power and sails, leaving its passengers adrift off Kapalua on Thursday night.

The Coast Guard requested assistance from the fire department at 8:20 p.m. Thursday to locate a sailboat adrift off the upper west side of Maui and unable to anchor.

The boat and its passengers were facing tradewind conditions, with swells of up to six feet and a small craft advisory in effect due to high winds.

MFD’s Ladder 3 crew aboard Rescue Boat 3 located the vessel, secured it and helped tow it to a safer location for anchorage.

Five adults aboard the sailboat were brought to shore; no injuries were reported.

MFD said it concluded operations at 11:28 p.m., a little more than three hours after receiving the inital call.

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