Sunday, February 01, 2015
This Hawaiian is No Longer Flyin'
COAST GUARD RESCUES 5 PEOPLE FROM SINKING SAILING VESSEL OFF THE COAST OF MONTEREY
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued five people from a sinking 65-foot sailing vessel approximately 120 miles off the Monterey coast, Saturday.
At approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, the 11th Coast Guard District Command Center received a distress signal from a personal locator beacon. A C17 transport aircraft under Oakland Center Control, flying at approximately 5,000 feet, visually identified the sailing vessel in the vicinity of the alert location and confirmed that the sailing vessel Flyin’ Hawaiian was taking on water.
The Coast Guard responded with one Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento HC-130H Hercules aircrew. The crew was able to contact and divert the Aqualeader, a tank ship that was 24 miles from the sailing vessel's location. Though unable to remove anyone off the vessel, the Aqualeader assisted by blocking seas and wind for the Flyin’ Hawaiian.
The Coast Guard launched one Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 helicopter rescue crew and one MH-65 helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.
Both helicopter crews successfully rescued the five people from the sinking sailing vessel.
All five people were transported to shore with no reported injuries.
The parking lot built, 65 catamaran made of Home Depot lumber and connectors was ridiculed from the start and the actions of owner,
"Hot Rod" drew a lot of attention world wide, for all the wrong reasons.
The dream, to build his own boat and sail to Hawaii and live off the sea has sadly failed miserably, but thankfully with no lives lost.
The saga of the Flyin Hawaiian has mercifully come to an end.
via Pressure Drop