2 boaters hospitalized after a sailboat ran aground off Keehi Lagoon
Posted On July 21, 2021
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Two boaters were hospitalized on Friday, July 16, after the sailboat they were in ran aground less than a mile off Keehi Lagoon.
The victims, a 56-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, were taken to hospital in stable condition, according to emergency medical services.
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) officials said a 37-foot sailboat would have run about 4,000 feet from Keehi Lagoon by 6:46 p.m. Friday. The injured man suffered lacerations to his wrist and left finger and the woman had head and neck injuries, firefighters said.
The two injured boaters were brought ashore via a rescue boat and transferred to EMS at 7:18 p.m., firefighters said, and two other unharmed occupants of the sailboat refused medical treatment after being brought ashore at 8:08 p.m. on Friday.
The ship was seen drifting ashore near Pupu Street in Ewa Beach on Saturday, July 17, and debris could also be seen along the rocky shore.
HFD also responded to two emergency flare sightings reported near the mouth of Keehi Lagoon during the sailboat rescue operation. Upon investigation, an HFD lifeboat located a single kayaker who had run aground near the sailboat.
The kayaker was brought ashore with his vessel without injury, according to HFD.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the beached sailboat off Keehi was the same ship that broke off a tow about 10 miles off Koko Head on Friday morning.The Coast Guard subsequently provided an update indicating that the broken tow was a separate incident from the stranded sailboat off Keehi.