A 72-year-old man and four Coast Guard personnel aboard a disabled boat were rescued in waters off Laie Tuesday night.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a call just before 10 p.m. Monday from a distressed mariner aboard a 55-foot sailing vessel being disabled near Laie.
Rescue crews arrived on the scene just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. On-scene weather conditions were 10-foot seas with 35 mph winds.
While attempting to take the sailboat in tow, a 45-foot rescue boat became disabled and adrift in the surf zone.
Crews on the scene requested assistance and a rescue helicopter and airplane were launched from Air Station Barbers Point. The boater and rescue team were successfully airlifted at 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities say they are all reportedly in good condition.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to avoid the near-shore ocean waters and shoreline in the vicinity of Temple Beach Park on the north side of Laie Point (across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) due to possible safety hazards from broken pieces of the vessel.
State crews plan to remove the debris starting Wednesday morning.