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  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A 90-foot sailboat, called the Criterion, ran into a reef roughly 500 yards off Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Sunday afternoon with about 30 adults onboard. All the passengers were transported onto the vessel safely. Pictured is the sailboat listing in the waves about 500 yards from shore near Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A 90-foot sailboat, called the Criterion, ran into a reef roughly 500 yards off Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Sunday afternoon with about 30 adults onboard. All the passengers were transported onto the vessel safely. Pictured is the sailboat listing in the waves about 500 yards from shore near Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A 90-foot sailboat, called the Criterion, ran into a reef roughly 500 yards off Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Sunday afternoon with about 30 adults onboard. All the passengers were transported onto the vessel safely. Pictured is the sailboat listing in the waves, as passenger boats passby in the background, about 500 yards from shore near Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A 90-foot sailboat, called the Criterion, ran into a reef roughly 500 yards off Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Sunday afternoon with about 30 adults onboard. All the passengers were transported onto the vessel safely. Pictured is the sailboat listing in the waves, as passenger boats passby in the background, about 500 yards from shore near Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.

A 90-foot sailboat, called the Criterion, ran into a reef Sunday afternoon roughly 500 yards offshore from Fort DeRussy in Waikiki with about 30 adults on board.

Honolulu Ocean Safety, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Honolulu Fire Department and the Department of Land and Natural Resources responded to the incident around 3:30 p.m.

Shayne Enright, spokesperson for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, said in a statement that after the crash, “many of the boaters began to jump into the water as waves crashed into the sailboat. Two Ocean Safety jet ski crews with the assistance of Good Samaritans, ferried the group of adults from the vessel to another boat named the Trident.”

Enright said the Trident brought all of the adults to the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.

“The incident took a couple of hours from the 911 call to when all were safe onshore. No medical attention was required,” she said.

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